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This collection of texts, published under the “Nuestra Gente” column in two issues of Abrazo [Hug] in the fall of 1976 and the summer of 1979, is involved with events and activities organized by midwestern Latino artists and arts organizations. The texts from the 1976 issue include descriptions of the following: a Mexican Independence Day celebration in Saginaw, Michigan, by M. Ortega; the Festival of Theatre for the People [Festival of Theatre for the People in Chicago] in Chicago by S. Dominguez; a demonstration by Latino and other artists’ groups against the Art Institute of Chicago for its “open racism against Latinos” by Ortega; the three-year history of the Association of the Latino Brotherhood of Artists (ALBA) [the Association of the Latino Brotherhood of Artists] by Y. Galvan; “the first annual national mural conference” in New York City by D. Preciado; and news from El Taller [The Workshop] by A. Langle. From the summer 1979 issue (pages 12 and 13) are descriptions of the work of UNO (the United Neighborhood Organization) and others to produce a mural in East Chicago, Indiana, by C. Fredrick; the dedication of the mural El Grito de la Raza Cósmica by Raymond Patlan at Chicago State University; and, finally, a Poetry Night organized by MARCH (Movimiento Artístico Chicano) by Carlos Cumpian.


This group of texts about cultural and political events and programs of interest to Chicano and Latino communities appeared under the title, “Nuestra Gente,” in the first issue of Abrazo in the fall 1976 and summer 1979 issue of the magazine. Abrazo was a quarterly newsletter published by the Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH) from the fall of 1976 until 1979. Abrazo included texts on the cultural and political activities of members of the Chicano and Latino communities in the Midwest. The arts organizations, their members, and their activities mentioned in these texts all illustrate the profoundly activist nature of the Chicago (in particular) and midwestern Latino arts scenes by and large. Much of that activism was rooted in social justice efforts aimed at providing a place for Latino and working class voices to be represented.

Victor Alejandro Sorell, Gabrielle Toth; Harper Montgomery, collaborator
Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA
"Nuestra gente" for MARCH Abrazo Press, Chicago, IL