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A Voice in the Wilderness

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness. -- William O. Douglas

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Platform for The National Council of La Raza Unida

Below is the platform of the Chicano Organization, The National Council of La Raza Unida:

Partido Nactional La Raza Unida


  • Complete recognition of sovereignty for native nations and all colonized nations;
  • Land grant restoration and restitution where appropriate.


  • Reduce hourly work week;
  • Living wage for all workers, including farmworkers, restaurant employees, homemakers and undocumented laborers;
  • Job Security - people who lose their jobs due to "downsizing," the peace dividend, or because a machine or computer replaced them receive full wages for 6 months from that company;
  • High quality workplace democracy needs to exists to end oppression in the workplace.


  • Companies that pollute pay for the cleanup;
  • Treat all life forms with respect by developing plans for protected or endangered species and ensuring sufficient open space for nature preserves;
  • Increase accessible public transportation;
  • Support renewable energy sources and low pollution resources;
  • Transform the free market economy to one that serves people and nature.


  • Provide healthy family preservation and development services holistically in partnerships between community and government;
  • Assist in the development of community cooperatives for child care and other family supports.


  • The quality of all public schools need to be high enough to eliminate the need for vouchers;
  • Culturally relevant education needs to be a component of every school;
  • Tuition free higher education;
  • End the militarization of schools.


  • Universal health care, including mental health, non-Western treatments, substance abuse treatment, and family planning;
  • Control Media/Entertainment violence;
  • Develop programs that heal youth and adults of the effects of violence and poverty.


  • Invest in prevention, intervention and rehabilitation instead of prisons;
  • Affordable and accessible quality housing for all.

Human Rights:

  • Support United Nations proposal on the rights of women, children, workers, colonized nationalities, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc.;
  • End the brutality, harassment, and abuse by policing agencies of the government.


  • Fair taxes for all -- end corporate welfare;
  • Drastically reduce the amount of taxes used to fund military purposes.


  • End the militarization of society including the borders.

Electoral Reform:

  • Free TV and radio time for all candidates during election periods;
  • Include candidates from all parties in debates;
  • Lower the amounts that may be privately spent on any given campaign;
  • Restore the voting rights for all once their jail/prison sentences are finished.


  • We see no human being as "illegal." Those who have arrived to the U.S. with heritage indigenous to the Americas, and specifically those crossing the southern border, are migrants on their own continent;
  • We work for the rights of all peoples from this position.

La Raza Unida:

  • Will continue to work for and be open to all Raza (people of indigenous heritage), working and poor people.


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