Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

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It is very important for our children to know about the great men and women who came before us and fought a great struggle to insure that we as a community gain our rightful place in the American life. As we continue our struggle, organizations like Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund MALDEF will continue protecting the interests of all Latinos, while serving as a role model for our young aspiring students who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

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If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. He was the World Boxing Conference Champion, retiring with a record of The National Boxing Association and Ring Magazine ranked him as the third-best featherweight in the world from until he retired in In Gonzales married Geraldine Romero from Brighton. While working as a bondsman, Gonzales became the first Mexican American district captain for the Denver Democratic Party in the late s.

Chicano Movement

During the presidential election, he was the Colorado coordinator of the Viva Kennedy campaign to elect John F. Because of his work, his district polled the highest in Denver.

Encyclopedia of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

In the mayor of Denver appointed him as director of the local Neighborhood Youth Corps. He also served as the Colorado state chairman for the War on Poverty program. He ran on the platform of improving social and community problems, but did not win the election.

He also ran unsuccessful campaigns for the Colorado legislature in and for Colorado State Senator in His last attempt to attain public office came in , when he was defeated in the Denver mayoral race. Finally, during the mids, Gonzales broke with the Democratic Party and mainstream politics. He had become disenchanted with the party, charging it with not doing enough for the Chicano community despite wanting its vote.


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After he was fired from his position with the Youth Corps, Gonzales also resigned from his place in the War on Poverty program. Throughout his life, Gonzales channeled his activism and dissent through poetry and the printed word.