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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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Chicanos In The Midwest: Part 1
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Social Issues
Linda Fregoso
Andre Guerrero, Virginia Ortega
Dec 1, 1981

Chicanos in the Midwest: Part 1

Guests Andre Guerrero and Virginia Ortega of the Ohio Commission of Spanish Speaking Affairs discuss the problems facing Chicanos in the Midwest and the Commission’s efforts to assist the Chicano Community. Ortega first describes why her family settled in Ohio. Guerrero then talks about the industries and fields that employ Ohio’s Chicanos. They explain that because many people do not associate Chicanos with the Midwest, the national Latino community often overlooks the discrimination and problems they face.

The state of Ohio created the commission to survey these problems and recommend solutions. The commission so far has studied Latino access to education, minority business contracts, migrant housing and labor rights and both guests discuss these issues. Guerrero explains that the commission has found the state to be negligent in educating the Latino population. From pre-school to graduate programs, Latinos have low enrollments and Guerrero believes it is because of the lack of bilingual programs. Ortega then discusses the problems facing Hispanic owned businesses who are having trouble get certified as a minority business because because their birth certificates classify them as white. Guerrero then discusses the efforts of farm workers to organize and secure collective bargaining rights, health living conditions and fair salary. The commission is currently working with other organizations to challenge a Child Labor bill that will lower the legal age that children can work in the fields from 16 to 12. Throughout these actions, the Latino community has remained engaged and dedicated to the struggle.


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