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Leader of Chicano Movement Visits Riverside on Aug. 5

Leader of Chicano Movement Visits Riverside on Aug. 5

(July 29, 1999)

Several organizations at the University of California, Riverside will sponsor a reception and book-signing for Jos?Angel Guti?rez, one of the principal leaders of the Chicano movement, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at Zacatecas Hall, 2472 University Ave., Riverside.

Guti?rez, along with C?ar Chavez, Reies Tijerina, Corky Gonz?es and many others, helped to shape the Chicano movement of the 1960s and 1970s. His activism included co-founding MAYO (the Mexican American Youth Organization) and La Raza Unida Party (RUP), the political party that took control of Crystal City and other areas of South Texas.

In 1972, Guti?rez was elected president of the Congreso de La Raza Unida. Today, he is a practicing attorney and a professor of political science at the University of Texas. He is the author of a memoir called "The Making of a Chicano Militant: Lessons from Cristal."

He will appear in Riverside sponsored by the Hispanic Bookcase, a Riverside book store, as well as several UCR-based organizations: the Department of Ethnic Studies, Chicano Student Programs, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) and the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy Research Bureau.

Armando Navarro, chairman of the Ethnic Studies Department, said the theme of the reception is "Revisit the Chicano Movement Era." In an earlier review of Guti?rez' book, Navarro called it "provocative, insightful and extremely revealing.... His candid portrayal of his life as a militant activist is a major contribution to the study of Chicano politics."

Carlos V?ez-Ibáñez, a professor of anthropology at UCR and the director of the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy & Humanities Research Bureau, will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Additional information is available at the Department of Ethnic Studies, (909) 787-4577.

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