La Raza Unida Party Reunion
July 6th and 7th, 2012
This reunion is being held in the spirit of bringing back together all those who were part of La Raza Unida Party either as candidates or supporters. It seems that this year is full of reunions of one kind or another. The United Farm Workers of America are holding their 50th anniversary on May 17th thru the 20th in Bakersfield, California. In Austin, Texas community members came together to celebrate and acknowledge Gus Garcia who 40 year ago was the first Mexican American to be elected to the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees. This year also marks the 40th year since Ramsey Muniz ran for Governor of Texas under the banner of La Raza Unida Party.
For this event in Austin, we plan on renting a charter bus to bring many of the Raza Unida candidates who ran for public office from the Crystal City, Coltulla and Carrizo Springs area. Many of them are now in their 70s and 80s and driving is indeed a challenge. This will probably be the last time we see this group again in a public setting. During the reunion there will be videographers present to interview those who wish to share their thoughts about their activism.
We expect a crowd of 200 to 300 people and have already received confirmation notices from Waco, San Antonio, El Paso, Crystal City, Houston and San Marcos, Texas. Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez will teaching this summer in Oregon and is going to try and make the reunion. There will also be a presentation by the committee working to secure a pardon for Ramsey Muniz.
A program booklet will be distributed at registration and everyone is encouraged to contribute their own commentary. There will also be many exhibts to view as people are talking about bringing out their private collections.