Carlos Munoz, Jr.

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Carlos Muñoz, Jr.


Carlos Munoz, Jr. is a scholar-activist who has been a central figure in the struggles for civil and human rights, social and economic justice, and peace in the United States and abroad since he was a student activist in the 1960s. He played a prominent leadership role as a founder of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

Dr. Muñoz was born in the “segundo barrio” in El Paso, Texas, and raised in the barrios of East Los Angeles, California. He is the son of poor working class Mexican immigrants. He earned his AA from Los Angeles City Community College, his BA with honors in Political Science from California State University at Los Angeles and his PhD in Government from the Claremont Graduate School. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley. After 42 years of teaching in higher education, he has gained international prominence as political scientist, historian, journalist, and public intellectual.

He was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department in the nation, in 1968, at the California State University at Los Angeles and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS). He is a pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the disciplines of Chicano/Latino & Ethnic Studies.

Muñoz is the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions. His book, Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for “outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the United States.” The 1st edition of the book underwent 12 printings and has become the classic study of the origins of the Movement. A revised and expanded 2nd edition of the book was published in 2007. The book was a major resource for the PBS television series Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Muñoz was the senior consultant for the project and was also featured in the series. The HBO movie, “Walkout” was based on that series.

Dr. Muñoz is currently working on two new books: Decolonizing America: Toward Authentic Multiracial Democracy and his autobiography, Victory is in the Struggle.

Chicano Studies

Dr. Carlos Muñoz was the founding chair of the first Chicano Studies department in the U.S. 1968 at the California State University at Los Angeles and the founding chair of the National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies . He is a pioneer in the creation of undergraduate and graduate curricula in the disciplines of Ethnic Studies. He is the author of numerous pioneering works on the Mexican American political experience and on African American and Latino political coalitions.

His book, Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement won the Gustavus Myers Book Award for "outstanding scholarship in the study of human rights in the Untied States" and has become the classic study of the origins of the Movement. The 1st edition of the book underwent 12 printings and was a major resource for the PBS television series Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement[1].

In The Times Founding sponsors

In 1976 founding sponsors of the Institute for Policy Studies/New American Movement linked socialist journal were;

Rainbow

In 1988 Carlos Munoz, Jr. was advising the Jackson presidential campaign on Latino issues.[3]

Socialist Scholars Conference

Roberto Rodriguez, Center for Puerto Rican Studies and Carlos Munoz were speakers on the Latino Politics in the United States panel sponsored by the Committee for Cultural Studies at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City.[4]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Carlos Munoz Jr, University of California, Berkeley, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[5]

CrossRoads

In the mid 1990s Carlos Munoz Jr was[6]a contributing editor to Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.

Progressive Alliance of Alameda County

The Progressive Alliance of Alameda County held its founding conference June 1 and 2,1996, Federal Building Auditorium, Oakland California.

Individuals came from the New Party, Peace and Freedom Party, Green Party and the left wing of the Democratic Party.

Supporting individuals included;[7]

For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!

From a May 2006 letter;

In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
We, white people who believe in justice and ending racism, have a responsibility and a historic opportunity to stand with immigrant communities and unite behind their demands. As white people, most of us with U.S. citizenship, we call out to our white communities to take to the streets for immigrant rights. We must demonstrate that the rightwing racists, from the Minutemen to in the Congress, do not represent us!
If you agree with these principles, we invite you to sign this letter and make your signature a commitment to putting them into action in your work and life.
In struggle,

Catalyst Project and the Heads Up Collective

Endorsed by: Carlos Munoz, Jr., professor, UC Berkeley, Betita Martinez, Institute for Multiracial Justice, Maria Poblet, St Peters Housing Committee, Eric Mar, Eunice Cho, Sheila Chung, Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition, Renee Saucedo, Day Labor Program/La Raza Centro Legal, Kali Akuno, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Jose Palafox, professor, Stanford University, Phil Hutchings, Institute for Multiracial Justice.[8]

Chicano movement

The 40th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums was formed in the summer 2009 by the Chair of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee of August 29, 1970 along with two independent Chicano Movement historians whom although not of the baby boomer generation, have become inspired by the Movimiento. The organization posted a list of significant “Chicano movement” activists on its website which included Carlos Muñoz, Jr..[9]

References

  1. http://www.greatrehearsal.org/chicano.html
  2. [1] In These Times home page, accessed March 6, 2010
  3. [Frontline, May 23, 1988]
  4. SSE Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  5. CCDS Background
  6. Crossroads March 1996
  7. CrossRoads April/May 1996, page 6
  8. [http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/3109 For May Day and Beyond: White People Stepping Up for Immigrant Rights! Indymedia Open Letter to White Communities For May Day and Beyond: White People Step up for Immigrant Rights!]
  9. Chicano Moratorium website: Moratorium Participants (accessed on April 16, 2010)