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Finding Aid for the CASA HGT
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: CASA HGT
    Collection number: 28
    Creator: CASA HGT
    Extent: I foot
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: CASA-HGT, (Centro de Accion Social Autonoma-Hermandad General de Trabajadores), was a Marxist-Leninist organization during the crucial civil rights period of 1965-1975 and it was led by Rudy Lozano, a Latino activist based in Chicago. He was instrumental in building the Black-Latino coalition and became a leading force behind the election of Harold Washington as mayor of Chicago in 1983. Washington won the election and became Chicago's first African American mayor and the most progressive mayor in the city's history. Rudy, a short time before, fell just seven votes short of entering a runoff election for a seat on the Chicago City Council. Had he won, he would have been the first Mexican American alderman and one of the few not controlled by machine patronage politics. Lozano was assassinated in 1983 and the forces behind his death have never been conclusively identified. **Please note that accents have been eliminated inorder to accomodate and facilitate the use of all types of web browsers. Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu
    Physical location: Collection is currently stored at the Chicano Studies Research Center archive, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA. In the future collection will be stored off-site at the Southern Regional Library Facility, UCLA.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in Spanish and English


    Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu or the librarian at yretter@chicano.ucla.edu

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], CASA HGT, 28, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    These materials were given to the UCLA CSRC by Kathy and Joel Ochoa via Emilio Zamora to Richard Chabran on 20 June 1985. A formal deed does not exist but a provenance folder is available for inspection at the CSRC Archives, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA.


    From 1968 through 1978, Centro Accion Social Autonimo-Hermandad General de Trabajadores (CASA-HGT) functioned as a self help center and legal service provider for undocumented Mexican workers in California. CASA-HGT was a Marxist-Leninist / Third World Revolutionary political organization with a particular emphasis on challenging the unforeseen impacts of capitalist globalization.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of papers relating to the policies and issues of CASA-HGT consists of approximately 2 linear feet of papers.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Chicano movement
    Class struggle
    Race relations
    Worker's rights