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This document, composed in 1978 by writer José Armas, is a report on the state of the organization, Revolución Artística y Acción Social (RAYAS), and is also an appeal for action on outstanding issues. RAYAS, a group founded by Armas and other Chicano writers and artists, was intended to promote Chicano art and literature with the greater goal of having an effect on the political and social standing of the Chicano community. This document includes an overview of the purpose of RAYAS as well as a report on activities that have already taken place, including—but not limited to—the creation of a RAYAS newsletter, fundraising endeavors, a writing workshop, and political actions. The text concludes with a statement on actions that need to be taken into account by the organization in the future; specifically, Armas advocated for a more formal organization of RAYAS, a board of officers, and increased fundraising efforts included.
José Armas, a writer based in Albuquerque, was one of the main proponents of the move to unify 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 The report is a valuable historical document that chronicles the process to unionize artists and writers undertaken within the Chicano Movement, and also contains a detailed record of the progress made by the members of this seminal group.
For more information on RAYAS and its efforts, see doc. No. 1081640 and doc. No. 1082215.