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¡Ya Basta! Latino/a Protestant Activism in the Chicano/a and Farm Workers Movements

Paul Barton

in Latino Religions and Civic Activism in the United States

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162271
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162271.003.0009
¡Ya Basta! Latino/a Protestant Activism in the Chicano/a and Farm Workers Movements

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This chapter examines the responses of los Protestantes in the US Southwest to the Chicano/a and farm worker movements, illuminating their role in the public arena during the last thirty-five years. The primary goals are: firstly, to highlight the catalytic ability of a cadre of Chicano/a “mainline” Protestant leaders to move their churches and ecclesial organizations to endorse and support the Chicano/a and farm worker movements in Texas from the 1960s until the early 1980s; and secondly, to examine the three basic responses of Latino/a Protestants to these social justice movements (solidarity, ambivalence and indifference, and opposition). As the Chicano/a Protestants led their church co-faithful into the public struggle of these popular movements, they caused a realignment of loyalties among a number of “mainline” Latino/a Protestants. Ethnic affiliation became as important to them as their denominational affiliation. Additionally, they promoted a theological understanding of the Gospel that embraced the oppressed and viewed the kingdom of God as a goal to strive for in contemporary society.

Keywords: Mexican American Protestants; farm worker movements; social movements; Southwest

Chapter.  7486 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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