In Tribute to El Soldado de Colorado

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Labor Day weekend 1972, La Raza Unida Party (LRUP) was holding its inaugural national convention in El Paso, Texas. The purpose of the convention was to discuss the priories and strategies for the Chican@/Mexican@ community in relation to the upcoming national elections. Following the opening address there was a moment of silence for “el soldado de Colorado” Ricardo Falcon.

Ricardo Falcon was an engaging Chicano student activist and organizer in the late 1960s and 70s. His activism included student organizing with the United Mexican American Student organization (UMAS), recruiting ex-prisoners for college programs, as well as advocacy for the agricultural Mexican community of Northern Colorado. On August 30, 1972, on his way to the LRUP convention, Falcon stopped at a gas station in Orogrande, New Mexico. There, Ricardo Falcon was murdered by a white right-wing vigilante member of the American Independent Party, Perry Brunson, over a “dispute” about water used…

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