Friday, October 3, 2008

Lupe Lozano (Tour Continued)

Lupe Lozano, the widow of Rudy Lozano, gave a stunning story of their life together, and his tragic end. He was born in Texas and his family moved to Hammond, Indiana. While he was in high school, he asked for classes on Mexicans. Upon graduation, he entered the University of Illinois at Chicago, and pressured the university to adopt affirmative action policies. In 1973, illegal immigration became blamed for a downturn in the economy. Rudy gave up his education in medicine and became an activist. In 1979, he became an organizer for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, later director in 1983.

In 1983, Rudy Lozano ran for the 22nd Ward Alderman and lost by seventeen votes. Lupe Lozano said the election, "was taken away from us."* He worked to unite Latinos with African Americans by finding common ground and his organization helped Harold Washington become the mayor. According to Lupe, Rudy saw the area as north, south, east, and west united and did not want the election of Washington, an African American, to become racial dividing. While Washington served in Congress before becoming mayor, he tried to help undocumented immigrants, and he opened doors for Latinos and women. Soon afterward, someone assassinated Rudy Lozano by shooting him in his home in front of their two-year-old child. Today, the murder remains unsolved.

Following Lupe Lozano's talk, she showed a video created for 2008, the 25th anniversary of her husband Rudy's assassination.

*Chicago was notorious for voting fraud, as coined by the slogan "Vote Early, Vote Often."

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