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Interesting study from UCLA detailing Latino community service and political involvement from the 1860s via the Juntas Patrióticas Mejicanas

February 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I often cringe when I hear pundits suggesting that Latinos are newcomers to the American political system. I found this study that came out of UCLA this week about the Juntas Patrióticas Mejicanas that actively urged Latinos in California to support Abraham Lincoln in 1864. This was the first California statewide network of Latino service organizations. Juntas Patrióticas Mejicanas helped establish social services and encouraged political activity. This organization was inclusive of other groups in California at the time including: Californios-Latinos born in California while it was still part of the Mexican Republic; Gold Rush immigrant Latinos from Mexico and Central and South America; Germans; and Italians. I never knew about this organization, but I hope that we can learn more about it to teach all American citizens that we have been here throughout this nation’s history and have been actively involved in political activism. Way to go UCLA and Dr.  David Hayes-Bautista!

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  • 1 cindylu // Feb 13, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Dr. Hayes-Bautista has a couple of great books about Latinos in California and our future in this state. I took a class with him last year on Latino health issues and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • 2 Hector // Feb 13, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Yes, I also never really heard of that group and have taking many Mexican-American cultural classes. That is great to educated the public and shows we never stop learning!

  • 3 reenee // Feb 13, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    The reason a lot of the pundits say “newcomers” is because they’re beginning to look up at who is serving them their lunch, and they equate this with the entire demographic.
    In other words, they don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

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