The founding of La Raza Unida Party in Texas in 1970 was a seminal moment in the history of the Chicano Civil Rights movement. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the party’s founding, UT Arlington is bringing together RUP activists and organizers on Thursday February 20, 2020 to reflect on the party’s political campaigns and actions. The event features Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez, one of the founders of La Raza Unida, veteran women activists and organizers Rosie Castro, Evey Chapa, and Eva Bonilla, and Richard J. Gonzales, a writer and novelist who was active in El Movimiento at UT Arlington and North Texas in the 1970s. Come to this free and public event to hear directly from Raza Unida veterans about their transformative experiences in the Chicano movement!
Eva Bonilla: Former County Co-Chair and State Representative for Raza Unida in Tarrant County and current Chair of the Human Relations COmmission of Fort Worth
Richard J. Gonzales: Author of Raza Rising, Chicanos in North Texas.
Rosie Castro: Former County Chair of the Raza Unida Party of Bexar County/Former Interim Dean of Student Success at Palo Alto College, San Antonio.
Olivia "Evey" Chapa: Chairperson Raza Unida Party & Campaign Manager for Alma Canales for Lt. Governer/State Director Raza Unida Office & Chairperson of the Platform Committee.
José Angel Gutiérrez: Chairman of the National Raza Unida Party.
Thursday, February 20
9:30am - 12:20pm
6th FLoor Library Atrium
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019
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