Mar 18 2014

From Gangmember to Governor? Best Selling Author Luis Rodriguez Discusses his Gubernatorial Campaign

There is little that Luis J. Rodriguez has not done in his life. The 60-year-old Chicano poet and best-selling author has been a member of a gang, faced felony charges, struggled with drug addiction, worked in various countries as a journalist, painted murals, taught prisoners, organized against war and racism, and run a cultural center and bookstore in Los Angeles.

Now he wants to be governor of California.

Rodriguez gained national fame with his 1993 memoir, “Always Running, La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.,” about his teenage years in a gang struggling with routine violence and the challenges of being an immigrant. He sold nearly half a million copies of his book and won numerous awards. His latest book is a sequel to Always Running, called, “It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing.” Today, he runs the beloved Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in Sylmar.

We spend the hour today with Luis Rodriguez to discuss his gubernatorial campaign.

Find out more about Rodriguez’ campaign for governor at

Click here to read Sonali Kolhatkar’s Truthdig column about Rodriguez.

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