Political and Civic Engagement

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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. ...

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Julie Nacibe Gomez

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....

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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...

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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 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...

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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...

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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

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...

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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

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...

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Hwa Jin (Jina) Chung