Reunion Committee

We couldn’t have done this reunion without the work of our amazing reunion committee

Jose Angel Gutierrez, PhD, JD

Founder and National Chair, La Raza Unida Party, 1972

Chair, September 17th Program, 2022

Martha Cotera

-Raza Unida founding member, 1970

-RUP State Board of Education candidate 1972

-Mujeres Por Raza Unida, Co-founder

-Founder, Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS-UT Austin),

-Founder, MALS (Mexican American Studies Department, UT Austin)

-Founder, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin (ESBMACC)

-Founder, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

-Recipient -2019 OHTLI Award-highest honor from the Mexican Government for Service to the immigrant community


Lali Saenz Moheno

Co-Founder, MAYO, Edcouch-Elsa, La Villa.  Member/Organizer, La Raza Unida Party, Hidalgo County.  Co-Founder, Colegio Jacinto Treviño, Mercedes. VISTA MMP, Efrain Fernandez, Hidalgo County, Migrant Stream, Michigan. Colorado Migrant Council, Lalo Delgado, Migrant Stream, Michigan, Ohio. Colonias del Valle, Raul Izaguirre, San Juan. United Farmworkers, Cesar Chavez/Antonio Orendain, Hidalgo County. Grape Boycott, East Coast (New York). United Farmworkers, Cesar Chavez, Delano/Central California.

Manuel Garza

RUP founding member

RUP Candidate for Hays County Commissioner Pct. 2

RUP Bexar County Chair

Advocate (from childhood) potable water in Westside San Antonio

Participant, 1968 Edgewood High School Student Walkout

Advocate, San Antonio Single Member District

Chair, Alamo Colleges District Westside Education and Training Center (WETC)

Trustee (former) Edgewood ISD

Senior Advisor, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

Graduate, Development Training Institute National Internship in Community Economic Development

Luz Gutierrez

50th RUP Committee Co-Chair

1970 -Co-Founder & Elected Chair of Zavala County for Raza Unida Party

-1972-1979 First Executive Director of Salud de La Familia Community Health Center, Crystal City, TX. Constructed new clinic in poorest neighborhood in Crytal City, which included sewer and water for the neighborhood.

-1981 – Leg Asst in Oregon legislature, utilized position to recognize the Commission of Hispanic Affairs & obtain funding.

-1982-87 Executive Director of community Health Center in Woodburn, OR

-1984- Founder & Co-Chair of the Mujeres de Oregon (network for voter registration & equal opportunity for Latinas)

-1989-91-Regional Administrator for DSHS (welfare offices) for 8 counties.

-1992-Present-Obtained Real Estate license in Yakima WA; assisting first time home buyers, primarily immigrants from Mexico.

-1992- Founded & financed! the WA Assn. of Minority Entrepreneurs (WAME), now called RCDR   to help immigrant and limited English speakers obtain entrepreneur loans.

-2005- Established a Mini Mart (La Milpa Market, Inc.  in Yakima, WA.)

Emilio Zamora

RUP Travis County Chair from 1977-1978 and Party activist between 1970 and 1979, including work as a professor with Juárez-Lincoln University in Austin and faculty/administrative appointments in association with Mexican American/Chicano Studies/Bilingual Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UTSA, Texas A&I, the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Clyde Rabb Littlefield Chair in Texas history specializing in Mexican American history, Texas, oral, and transnational (U.S. – Mexico) working class history at the University of Texas. Zamora has an extensive publication and community engagement record.

Resigned August 3, 2022

Maria Elena Martinez

State Chair, RUP, 1976-1978

Co-founder, Mujeres Pro-Raza Unida

Co-founder, Indigenous Women’s Network (Central Texas)

Director, Alma de Mujer Retreat Center

Board Member, La Peña Arts, Inc., Austin, Texas

Co-founder, Mexican American Business and Professional Women of Austin (MABPWA)

Irma Mireles Berry

50th RUP Committee Chair

-Founder, RUP

-RUP Chair, Bexar County

-Elected Board Member, San Antonio River Authority

1977-1983 to Elected to San Antonio River Authority (SARA).

Add: 1996-1998 – Member Alaska Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Linda del Toro

RUP Travis County Chair 1976-1981

RUP State Executive Board 1976-1978 Armando Gutierrez, Campaign Manager for State Representative ,1974

Luis Diaz De Leon

I have been active in Austin’s residential and commercial real estate for over 30 years winning multiple “top producing awards”. My Career specialties include residential, commercial, 1031 property exchange, investment property analysis and marketing consultation. In 2015 I ventured to start my own brokerage firm and I have been a part of the exciting new expansion of the Central Texas real estate community.

Dr. Paul Ruiz

-Principal Partner Emeritus, The Education Trust, Inc;

-Founding member/Board Member of National Institute of Mexican American History of Civil Rights (MACRI), San Antonio, Texas

-Pew funded Hispanic Student Success Program (Hispanic Assn. of Colleges and Universities)

-Hispanic Educator of the Year, Michigan Department of Education, 1982.

Aurelio Montemayor

Organized the first San Felipe – Del Rio MAYO group and co-founded Colegio Jacinto Trevino. All projects that were part of the Chicano Movement and eventually supported the Raza Unida Party.

Lorenzo Cano

Founding member, Raza Unida Party -Member, Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO)

Member, Mexican American Student Organization (Del Mar College) -Volunteer, United Farmworkers

Founder, Raza Unida Club, University of Houston

Former Associate Director at the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies

Writer, forthcoming novel Peril and Intrigue Under el Sexto Sol

Mario Compean

Cofounder, Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), 1967

Cofounder, Mexican American Unity Council, San Antonio, 1968

Cofounder, Committee for Barrio Betterment, San Antonio 1969

Candidate, San Antonio City Council, 1969 and 1971

Cofounder, Centro Cultural Aztlan, San Antonio, 1977

Raza Unida Party Candidate for Governor, Texas, 1978

University of Wisconsin Chicano Studies Director 1982-1990

-1993 to 2003, St. Paul, MN as a Policy Analyst for the State of Minnesota’s Spanish Speaking Affairs Council and Adjunct Faculty at Metropolitan State University; Chicano Studies Faculty at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima Washington, and History Researcher and Lecturer at Washington State University

Executive Director of Academia América, an immigrant-serving nonprofit he cofounded in 2008.

Alfredo Santos

Editor and Publisher, La Voz Newspapers

Alberto Luera

M.A.Y.O. chairman from 1970 to 1971.  In 1971,  as a founding member of the Texas Raza Unida Party Organizing Committee, he was elected Party Secretary and was charged with getting the Texas RUP on the 1972 ballot.  Upon the Secretary of State declaring the Texas RUP on the ballot, he returned to Laredo TX to organize the Webb County RUP.  He continues to be active in the Chicano movement.

[Pending photos and captions of more committee members]

We need your help!

The reunion will be funded by members and sponsors like yourself, we kindly appreciate your support. To make a tax-exempt donation to La Raza Unida Party 50th year Reunion make a check or money order payable to Greater Dallas Legal and Community Development Foundation, Inc. and mail it to PO Box 19457, Austin, Texas 78760. For questions, please contact Linda del Toro at (512) 415-3278; [email protected]


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