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This brief document by writer José Armas summarizes the ideas of a group of Chicano writers and artists from the states of Washington, California, Texas, and New Mexico who met in Lubbock, Texas, with the intention of forming an artistic and literary “union” or collaboration. The statement discusses the outcome of a preliminary meeting and the group’s future goals, which include the development of a national advertising program for Chicano publications; a close network of Chicano writers; a system of joint distribution of Chicano literature; a system to facilitate stocking bookstores with Chicano materials; a project to compile a list of the most important and influential Chicano writers, artists, and works; and the establishment of an archive of Chicano literature.
José Armas, a writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was one of the main proponents of the move to join Chicano artists and writers into one national union. Based on the model of the United Farm Workers and other unionizing efforts, Armas’s union provided a means for political advocacy, mutual support, and artistic promotion and protection (especially with regards to copyright issues). The report is a valuable historical document that chronicles the process to unionize artists and writers undertaken within the Chicano Movement, and also contains a record of very specific goals and objectives of this early (1976) seminal effort.
For further information related to this effort, see doc. No. 1081640 and doc. No. 1082329.