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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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Political Unrest In El Salvador
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Latin America
Linda Fregoso
Carlos Galván, Eudelia Talamantez
Nov 1, 1980

Political unrest in El Salvador

Linda Fregoso discusses the political struggles in El Salvador with Carlos Galvan and Eudelia Talamantez as well as the ways Chicanos can support Salvadorans. Fregoso explains that over 80% of Salvadorans support the revolutionary groups who are struggling against the repressive military junta currently ruling the country, but they lack the resources to overthrow the government. Consequently, they are trying to raise awareness and aid in the United States, especially among Chicanos. Galvan, a member of the Revolutionary Democratic Front (FDR), speaks about his outreach to churches, labor unions and minority communities in the United States. He discusses the intense repression and censorship in El Salvador that has effectively limited media coverage. He touches on the growing Chicano solidarity with Salvadorans and explains how their shared faith and heritage unites them in struggle.

Fregoso then speaks with Eudelia Talamantez, a member of the El Salvador Solidarity Support Committee. Talamantez describes the history of Chicano support for third world struggles. She looks at how Chicanos and Salvadorans are united by a shared experience of repression, albeit one that differs by degree. The conversation touches on some of the obstacles that hinder Chicano solidarity with Salvadorans. She also describes the violence and repression she witnessed on a recent trip to El Salvador. She believes that the revolution will succeed because it has the support of the masses, and she discusses the potential impact of such a victory on liberation movements in Central America, Mexico and the United States.


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