News Category: political-and-civic-engagement

How Polly Abarca Fought to Bring Birth Control to South Texas

March 9, 2021

This story first appeared in Texas Monthly. An excerpt can be viewed below. To read the full story click here.

As dozens of kids played together on the front lawn of a Corpus Christi home, their mothers gathered in the living room. There, nurse Apolonia “Polly” Abarca displayed pamphlets and showed an educational film about family planning. The women played games, with winners taking home prizes that included books on birth control.

Irma Nicolas, 88, Spanish Language Media Pioneer, Dies At Home In San Antonio

Oct. 27, 2020

This story first appeared on the Texas Standard. An excerpt can be viewed below. To read or listen to the full story click here.

Irma Alicia Cortez Nicolas, who formed a media empire with her husband Emilio Nicolas, has died, according to a family publicist. She was 88.