José Ángel Gutiérrez

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  • Chicano Movement

    “To me, you have to declare yourself a Chicano to be a Chicano. That makes a Chicano a Mexican-American with a defiant political attitude that centers on his or her right to self-definition. I 'm a Chicano because I say I am” (Marin). A Chicano may be defined as a person of Mexican origin residing in the United States, but mostly someone who is politically active. For many years, the Mexican-Americans have been highly discriminated throughout the United States, but mostly in the southwest area. This fact results interesting since this happened in the territory that once belonged to them. One main reason for such discrimination would be the fact that people could not spread their opinions, and even if they could they did not carry any weight. However, thanks to the courage of some people this fact has been changing as they have given it more importance to the Mexican-American community. For instance, Jose Angel Gutierrez has impacted the betterment of the Mexican-Americans in the United States with his active political action, creating the Mexican American Youth Organization, La Raza Unida Party and several other important organizations, stood up for what was once part of Mexico named Aztlan, and not giving up after all the disapproval. One of Jose Angel Gutierrez’s main contributions to the Mexican-American society was the creation of the Mexican American Youth Organization, also known as MAYO. Being a Mexican-American born during the twentieth century was a huge struggle,…

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