More Racial Divide: La Raza Leading Creation of Latino Political Party

Former Marxist turned conservative NY Times bestselling author David Horowitz features Jose Angel Gutierrez in his 2006 book The Professors — The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.

Political, economic and social conditions in the United States make this a propitious time to create a Latino political party, asserts Armando Navarro, a political scientist at the University of California, Riverside.

Navarro will present a paper calling for the creation of a Mexicano/Latino political party at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1972 Raza Unida Party National Convention Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in El Paso, Texas. The paper, “Prospects for Reviving RUP or for Creating a New Partido,” will appear in Navarro’s newest book, “Strategic Scenarios for Mexicano Self Determination of Aztlán in the 21st Century: What Needs to be Done,” due to be published in 2013.

The four-day conference is being convened by Jose Angel Gutierrez, Raza Unida Party founder and former party national chair, and kicks off with a symposium at the University of Texas, El Paso. Navarro will moderate a panel that will include prominent former RUP leaders Gutierrez, Herman Baca, Juan Jose Pena, Maria Jimenez and Ernesto Vigil.

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So who is Jose Angel Gutierrez? José Angel Gutiérrez, is an attorney and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a founding member of the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) in San Antonio in 1967, and a founding member and past president of the Raza Unida Party, a Mexican-American third party movement that supported candidates for elective office in Texas, California, and other areas of the Southwestern and Midwestern United States.


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