La Raza Unida Party
50th Year Reunion
September, 2022
La Raza Unida Party Reunion Program

Friday July 6th, 2012

NoonRegistration opens at noon at Mexitas Restaurant 
(12th and IH-35 in Austin, Texas)

Early arrivals can pick up their name tags and program booklet

Exhibits open/   informal platicas     Interview booths are open for oral history

1:00pm    Screening of Movie “Chicano” in East part of room

6:00pm    Social and Visiting in the Restaurant (dinner is on your own)

Saturday July 7th, 2012-05-11

8:00am Café y pan dulce in the restaurant            Exhibits open in the Bingo Hall

9:00am  Welcome/Program ReviewLuz Bazan Gutierrez      (Confirmed)

9:20am  Introductory SpeakerMaria Elena Martinez       (Confirmed)
    ¿Por Qué Estamos Aquí?            One time Texas State Chair of LRUP

9:45 amWords from Luis Diaz de Leon – Candidate for United States Senate under La Raza     Unida Party in 1978 (Linda del Toro will escort him to the stage) 
     ¿Por qué me vine a este reunion.?

9:55 am Recognition of who is in the house by city/county/region of state

10:55amUpdate on who is not here Reading of the Names of those activists who have passed
     on  (Linda del Toro)

11:10 amPresentation and update on the case of Ramiro “Ramsey” Muñiz by Irma Muñiz

11:30:amFirst guest speaker – Dr. Armando Navarro                    (Confirmed)
               University of  California Riverside
        Author of several books on La  Raza Unida Party

12:00pmBREAK for lunch 
    Showing of clip from movie Chicano about La Raza Unida Party will go on during lunch.  

     People can also visit and catch up during lunch

1:00 pmReflejo Panel – theme: “Lo que hicimos y como nos fue, a personal perspective”


Roberto Villarreal (Raza Unida Party Activist Rivera, Texas)   (Confirmed)

Martha Cotera (Candidate for Board of Education  LRUP)       (Confirmed)

Mario Compean  (Candidate for Governor of Texas  LRUP)    (Confirmed)

Maria Jiménez    (Candidate for Texas State Rep.  LRUP)    (Confirmed)

Pablo Avila         (Former Zavala County Judge)   (Confirmed)

2:00 pmOpen Microphone Questions and Comments from the audience

Luz Bazan Gutierrez  moderator

2:30 pm¿Y ahora qué? Move to Breakout Sessions -  This is an opportunity for smaller and 
more focused conversations about future directions, oral history initiatives, and 

La Poltica de Hoy   Mario Compean       (Confirmed)

The State of Education in Texas – What has changed?  Jaime Puente   (Confirmed)

Mujeres de la Raza – Activismo en el futuro   Martha Cotera  (Confirmed)

The “Dream Students: the new activists?”      Montserrat Garibay          (Confirmed)

50 million Mestizos y qué?    Lorenzo Cano  (Confirmed)

School Walkouts – How many were there?    Alfredo R. Santos c/s       (Confirmed)
Community Newspapers, Social Media and staying in touch  Ernesto Fraga        (Confirmed)

The Case of Ramsey Muñiz   Irma Muñiz       (Confirmed)

The Future of Chicano Studies/Mexican American Studies    Dr. Roberto Calderon        (Confirmed)

"Prospects for the Rise of a New Raza Unida Party"     Dr. Armando Navarro        (Confirmed)

“Art in the Community and the Cause”  Raul Valdez      (Confirmed)

3:15 pmReconvene and Brief Reports from each session             Dr. Emilio Zamora

4:15pmClosing remarks              Avina Gutierrez

4:30 pmEnd of formal part of reunion.  Closing of interview booths and exhibits 

Below is the program from the 40th year reunion in Austin, Texas. It is shown here only as an example. 

The Plan

The Program

The Purpose


Past reunions and get
togethers of activists

Brief History of LRUP

List of Raza Unida 
Candiates from 1970 forward (working)

Oral Histories on LRUP

Where are they now?

Memorial of LRUP

Passing the torch