Culture, Society and Praxis

Document Type

Main Theme / Tema Central


In this article, Laura Cazares describes her participation in the local politics of East Salinas during the recent recall election. She draws connections between the current state of Mexican-American political participation in California politics and the historical disenfranchisement that they have suffered since statehood. She also analyzes specific policies that have prevented Mexican-American political involvement and proposes ideas for overcoming them. The political project discussed in this pages stems out of a unique college course designed around the concept of Democratic Participation.