In this unpublished interview, Coral Gilbert and Ricardo Frazer speak to the Chicago-based poet, artist, and activist Carlos Cortez about his life, political beliefs, and his art. Interviewed on December 16, 1994, 71-year-old Cortez reflects on his life, recounting numerous stories and anecdotes about growing up in a radical milieu among political activists in the Midwest. A central figure in the Chicago art community during the second half of the twentieth century, Carlos Cortez (1923–2005) was an artist, cartoonist, printmaker, photographer, poet, and political activist. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cortez’s father was an organizer for the industrial Workers of the World and his mother, who was German, was a socialist and a pacifist. Cortez spent his life in the Midwest, finally moving to Chicago in 1965. His graphic art addresses Chicano, Latino, and Native American issues; Mexican-American and Latino identity and culture; and workers' rights. This document corresponds to the research topics “Issues of Race, Class, and Gender in the Visual Arts of Latino-America” and “Art, Activism, and Social Change” because it concerns a Chicago Latino artist whose life and work were devoted to activist projects to promote a more egalitarian society.