H I C A G O
R I B U T E
Rudy Lozano's short
life was characterized
by passionate community activism. He
strove to empower workers and forge
coalitions among Latinos, African
Americans, and other minorities.
Lozano's activism began
at a young age.
While a student at Harrison High School,
he organized a movement to teach
Mexican history classes. Later, at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, Lozano
helped create the Latin American
In 1981, Lozano became
the Midwest Regional Organizing Director of the International Ladies Garment
Workers Union. He worked to register voters in Chicago, and to defend minority
workers' interests. He was well known for his efforts to organize the factory
workers at the Del Rey Tortilleria.
In 1983, he lost a close
race for alderman of the 22nd Ward. Newly elected Mayor Harold Washington
enlisted him as his liaison to the Latino community.
A short time later, Lozano was shot to death at his home. Washington praised
him as "a man driven by a search for unity among people."