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Hispanic Political Power in US #257789

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 11, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's meeting with Hispanic-American congress caucus, with regard to jobs for Spanish-speaking Americans, noted. Report is on Hispanic move for more political power.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(San Antonio, Texas) Degree of cultural impact on American southwest by Mexicans and their continued lack of political power to match it, as minority group in cntry., outlined. [MAN - says Mex.-Americans are where blacks were 20 years ago.] Mex.-Americans, or Chicanos, noted as most numerous of Spanish-speaking minorities in US. Hispanics' trouble in electing own people to public office, with only 4 in House, examined; is noted there are no Hispanics in Senate nor on Los Angeles city cncl., despite city's Hispanic population. Mex.-Americans' dissatisfaction with President Carter, in spite of his 1976 campaign efforts, described; films shown. [House Hispanic Caucus chairperson Representative Edward ROYBAL - states that Carter Hispanic appts. have been more than Nixon's, but that's not saying much.] [Carter Hispanic adviser Joseph ARAGON - thinks Latin community is emerging as political power and that it's healthy for them to tell Carter more effort is needed on his part.] Econ. considerations among Hispanics detailed. Recent election to San Antonio city council of 5 Hispanics noted. [San Antonio city cnclman. Henry CISNEROS - cites obstacles previously in way of Hispanic candidates being elected. Thinks there will be more Hispanic political participation from now on.] Org. in San Antonio called Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS), which fights city hall for neighborhood improvements and its position as model for other such orgs. in Los Angeles and other cities with large Hispanic populations reported Hispanic leaders' organized efforts to get out Hispanic vote and impact this could have on elecs. in southwest in future outlined.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Engberg, Eric;
Mudd, Roger

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