La Raza Unida Party

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  • La Raza Unida Party (RUP) was a political outgrowth of Chicano-movement activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the American Southwest. According to historian Zaragosa Vargas (2011), RUP derived its name from a phrase, coined by Juan Nepomuceno Cortina in 1848, that meant “the United People.” RUP epitomized the growing frustration of Chicano activists with the Democratic and Republican parties, which Chicano activists felt were not considering the needs of Mexican Americans in the United States. RUP championed a diverse range of issues but most notably included calls for increased bilingual education in public schools, migrant education programs, greater public services in Mexican barrios, and greater integration of Mexican Americans in government hiring practices. RUP ran candidates and secured victories in local and ...

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