Latinos have experienced inequitable and discriminatory state and local public policies with negative impacts over generations. Progress has been made but challenges remain. Improvements in the social and economic mobility of Latino families first occurred because of significant labor movements of the 1920s. Further improvements followed from post-World War II Mexican American civic organizing and advocacy of the 40s and 50s, and civil rights/Chicano engagement of the 1960s and 70s.
Today, Texas Latino leadership, organizations, activist, researchers, and allies are involved across a multitude of policy concerns. Latino population growth, changing political realities, and socio-economic position across Texas regions presents challenges to ‘equality in opportunity’ to achieve middle-class status and economic mobility.