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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Title:
Chicano Solidarity Week
Program #
1978-52
Theme:
Politics

Series:
Politics
Host:
Armando Gutiérrez
Guest:
Bobby Maggiani
Date:
Nov 27, 1978

Chicano Solidarity Week

Bobby Maggiani discusses the Chicano Movement’s efforts to establish working relations with the Mexican government and local political actors. Maggaini first describes the history of relations between La Raza Unida Party and the Mexican government. He explains that Jose Angel Gutierrez met with the founder of the Partido Socialista de los Trabajadores (PST) on a visit to Mexico in 1977 and realizing the similarities between the Mexican working class and Chicanos, they decided to start working together. The PST sponsored a Solidarity week with Chicanos in Mexico City during which several Raza Unida Party members met with President Lopez Portillo, hosted group discussions, and attended a Chicano Art Exhibition.

Maggiani says that during their visit the Mexicans welcomed them warmly and the government was eager to form a relationship with the Raza Unida party. Maggiani explains the Mexican government realizes the potential power of the growing Chicano community and hopes to indirectly influence the U.S. government through them. The Raza Unida party is likewise eager to work with the Mexican government since they have proven to be much more responsive to Chicano concerns than the U.S. government. Maggiani then discusses how several current events, including Carter’s plan to build a border fence and the discovery of more oil in Mexico, will affect relations between Mexicans and Chicanos.

 

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