Political and Civic Engagement

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Antonio Martinez

 

Political & Civic Engagement

Antonio "Tony" Martinez was born Dec. 31, 1945, in Harlingen, Texas, a town about 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. One of six children, Martinez grew up when the railroad tracks were the dividing line between Anglo-American and Mexican-American...

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Sandra Renee Garcia

Vilma Martinez

 

Political & Civic Engagement

By Carlos Devora

From working as a lawyer to serving as president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to being appointed ambassador to Argentina, Vilma Martinez has been a trailblazer.

Her work has helped...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Emily Matilda Martinez Alvarado

Emily Alvarado was interviewed by the VOCES Oral History Project in Denver, Colorado on August 9, 2010. Photo by Michelle Lojewski.  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Jasmine Powell

Emily Martinez Alvarado never served her country in the military. She served it at home, as one of the thousands involved in the Chicano movement, by way of the Crusade for Justice, and as an important civil rights...

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Michelle Lojewski

Alberto Torres Millan

 

Political & Civic Engagement

By Allison Banks

Having lived the tough life of a miner, Alberto Millan didn’t want his oldest son, Robert, to follow in his footsteps. So when Robert informed him he wanted to be a miner and a union leader, Millan told him no.

In...

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Robert Rivas

Richard Armand Moya

 

Korean Conflict, Political & Civic Engagement

By Alsha Khan

In the late 1960s, Richard Moya, an investigator with Legal Aid, was having lunch with two of his best friends - who also worked in anti-poverty programs - at Johnny Boy's Hamburgers. The topic: how tough it was to help...

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Aisha Khan

Ruben Munguia

Ruben Munguia  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Guillermo X. Garcia

Ruben Mungia, a career printer, laughs as he recalls "how smart the U.S. Army was" to let him join the service in the middle of World War II, only to assign him to Randolph Field in San Antonio, his hometown, where...

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Martha Treviño

Harriet Murphy

 

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Wilfred Navarro

Wilfred Navarro  

World War II, Political & Civic Engagement

By Brittany Wilson

After getting discharged from the Navy in 1948, Wilfred Navarro, Jr. returned to his hometown of Houston. He finished high school and decided he’d like to be a police officer. But first, he and other Latino veterans would...

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Mr. Paul Rodriguez Zepeda

Emilio Nicolas Sr.

Emilio Nicolas - Voces Oral History Project - Political and Civic Engagement collection  

Political & Civic Engagement

By the Voces Staff

Growing up in a northern Mexican mining town, Emilio Nicolás sat by his father's side listening to short-wave radio reports from the United States describing the advance of Allied troops across Europe during World War II...

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Laura Barberena

Dora Flores Olivo

 

Political & Civic Engagement

Dora Flores Olivo became one of the few Latinas elected to the Texas Legislature in 1997 and remains a fierce advocate of Latino voting rights and education.

Olivo was born March 6, 1943, in Sinton, Texas, 129 miles southeast of San...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Manuela Maymie Garcia Ontiveros

Manuela Maymie Garcia Ontiveros  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Carrie Nelson

Manuela Ontiveros dedicated her life to her family and community and to preserving her treasured Mexican heritage and traditions.

"You instill in your children and grandchildren pride [in their heritage],"...

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Raul Garcia

Carlota Ayala Ortega

Carlota Ayala Ortega  

Political & Civic Engagement, World War II

By Angela Walker

Dr. Carlota Ayala-Ortega sits proudly by as husband Guadalupe Ortega recalls his memories from World War II.

Guadalupe recalls the time the owner of a museum learned of his many medals earned in combat, and told...

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Gloria Monita

Henry Oyama

Henry Oyama was interviewed by Voces on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at the Tucson Veterans Center in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by: Marc Hamel)  

Political & Civic Engagement, World War II

By Lauren Harrity, California State University, Fullerton

After growing up in a Spanish-speaking Japanese-American family in Tucson, Arizona, Henry "Hank" Oyama went on to be a tireless supporter of bilingual education for American...

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Taylor Peterson

Jaime Palacios

Jaime Palacios  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

Jaime Palacios was the first of three children, born in San Juan, Texas on November 15, 1960, to Berta (Saenz) and Hector ‘Tito’ Palacios. From an early age, Palacios looked to his parents for guidance on education. After...

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Julie Nacibe Gomez

Albelardo I. Perez

 

Political & Civic Engagement

The 1975 expansion of the federal Voting Rights Act impacted millions of Mexican Americans in the Southwest. But the idea began with just one man who wanted to help his community and make his parents proud.

Abelardo Perez was born on Feb....

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Luis Fraga

Elvia O. Pérez

Elvia O. Perez - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By the Voces staff

Elvia Pérez’s senior year in high school was turned upside down when she joined a student walkout to protest the firing of a popular Hispanic teacher.

Pérez, then 17, had been a top student. She had...

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Reina Olivas

Bob Perkins

Bob Perkins  

Political & Civic Engagement

By José Andrés Araiza

Bob Perkins spent 36 years as an elected judge in Travis County. Perkins attributes his strong ties to the Mexican-American community as one facet for his worldview; this group was his main base...

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Jose Araiza

Sergio Porras

Sergio Porras - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Chris Touma

Two years before Sergio Porras received his draft notice to serve in the Vietnam War, he was marching in the streets of Uvalde, Texas, with hundreds of other Mexican-American high school students.

It wasn’t war or the...

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Brigit Benestante

James Ramirez

James Ramirez  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Britini Shaw

James Ramirez remembers a time when Mexican- American communities held dances to pay for the poll tax in Austin. He would ask himself, "Why do people have to pay to vote when it's their constitutional right?"

By the...

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Britini Shaw

Renato R. Ramirez

Renato Ramirez  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

Renato Ramirez is a political science professor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. He has done extensive research on LULAC v. Richards and the South Texas Border Initiative. Ramirez discusses an array of topics both...

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Travis Burt

Rolando L. Rios

Rolando Rios  

Vietnam, Political & Civic Engagement

By Jess Brown

It was the summer of 1952. Leo Rios, a cab driver, was shot dead by a passenger he had just picked up on the streets of San Antonio, Texas. His wife, Teresa Hernandez, was left with a broken heart to nurse and three daughters...

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Jessica Brown

Francisco Robledo

Francisco Robledo  

Political & Civic Engagement

Interview by Anderson Boyd

Former Frio County Justice of the Peace Francisco Robledo hadn't questioned why the social order in Pearsall, Texas, was as it was. But a meeting at his children's school snapped him out of complacency.

Two...

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Anderson Boyd

Olga Muñoz Rodriguez

Olga Rodriguez - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By the Voces Staff

When the Uvalde High School walkout began in April 1970, Olga Muñoz Rodriquez was a young mother working for the telephone company. While her son was not yet in school, she knew from experience the discrimination that...

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Alfredo Santos

Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza

Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Megan Breckenridge

Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza became the first minority district clerk of Travis County in 1991 and only the second minority woman to hold that position in the whole country. She went on to serve for 24 years, championing...

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Megan Breckenridge

Luis Saenz

 

Political & Civic Engagement

Luis Vargas Saenz Jr. is a Cameron County district attorney in Brownsville, Texas. However, the path to a seat at the front of the courtroom wasn’t easy.

Saenz was born Aug. 8, 1951, in Carrizo Springs, Texas, to Luis Saenz and Filomena...

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José Centeno-Meléndez

Alma Hernandez Salinas

Alma Salinas  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Estefanía de León

Alma Salinas, a lifelong Democrat, switched to the nascent Raza Unida Party in the 1970s. A native of Pearsall, Texas, Salinas used to take Mexican Americans to the polls on election...

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Neyda Estefania de Leon

Velia Erlinda Sanchez-Ruiz

Velia Sanchez-Ruiz  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Rachel Hill

Voter participation was always a priority for former gym teacher Velia Sanchez-Ruiz, who grew up under segregation in Texas. Sanchez-Ruiz, who was 71 at the time of her interview, recalled what life was like as she grew up...

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Rachel Hill

Alfredo R. Santos

Alfredo Santos - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Brigit Benestante

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, Alfredo Santos was ashamed of his ethnicity.

“I didn’t like being a Mexican,” he said. “I was embarrassed, I guess, to be a Mexican.”

His transformation...

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Anna Casey

Yolanda T Trevino

Yolanda Trevino  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Stacie Richard

When Yolanda Treviño graduated from Pearsall High School in 1959, she was determined to make her life elsewhere. The racism of the small town was too confining.

"I left Pearsall...

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Stacie Richard

Lupe Uresti

Lupe Uresti - Voces Oral History Project  

Political & Civic Engagement

By Shelby Custer

In December of 1975, Guadalupe Arredondo Uresti, a 31-year-old homemaker, spoke at a kick-off rally for the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project in the old Civic Center of Rosenberg, southwest of Houston.

...

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Shelby Custer

Patricia Villareal

 

Political & Civic Engagement

June 5, 1975, was a red-letter day for Patricia Villareal, a San Antonio native and a staff member of the Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights of the House Judiciary Committee. That was the day the bill extending the Voting Rights Act...

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Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

Frederick Ted Von Ende

Frederick Ted Von Ende  

Political & Civic Engagement

By: Voces Staff

In 1987, Frederick von Ende was a professor at Pan American University in South Texas. He was tapped by a group of University Presidents in South Texas to write a report highlighting educational disparities between North...

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Hwa Jin (Jina) Chung