While at the Center, Jose Angel Gutierrez will finish a multi-chapter book on the FBI and local police surveillance of Mexican origin people in the U.S. and Mexico. This will be his third multi-chapter volume on the topic. Two other books are on FBI files on single individuals, Cesar E. Chavez and Reies Lopez Tijerina. Both books were published by Michigan State University Press in 2019. Under contract with Lexington Press pending publication in late 2020 or early 2021 are two multi-chapter books on the FBI surveillance of Mexican origin persons, events, and organizations in the U.S.
With this work and collection of such files on hand, Gutierrez hopes to seek an archival home for these records at a major research university. He also plans on working on creating a national non-profit organization that will continue the work of the current protests and demonstrations taking place first promoted by the “Black Lives Matter”. Hopefully, this organization will address global and U.S.-based issues of systemic racism and economic inequality and seek policy and programmatic solutions. A small group project with CASBS class members is how to improve on the U.S. Bill of Rights and build on President Roosevelt’s Economic Bill of Rights (January, 1944), never legislatively proposed much less implemented.
Back in the era of many civil rights movements, Gutierrez was considered one of the Four Horsemen of the Chicano Movement. During the late 1970s he became an academic and ultimately professor emeritus of political science (2015) and founder of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (1993-1994); and, attorney (1989). His civil rights work is featured in several video documentaries: Willie Velasquez, Su Voto es Su Voz (2018); Latino Americans (Segment 5, 2013), SCHOOL: The Story of American Education, (Episode Three, 2000); CHICANO! A History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (1996); and short video for the 2018 National Hispanic Hero Award from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute at https://youtu.be/rx_s0if-Blk/