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Oral History Interview with Eloy Barrera, July 22, 2016

Description: Mr. Barrera grew up in and around Del Rio, Texas. His father was a sheep sheerer. Barrera talked about the importance of education to his parents and learning "proper" Spanish. He also talked about the San Felipe barrio and the schools. Later he moved out of the barrio into a more mixed community. He talked about the disparity in sporting equipment between Del Rio ISD & San Felipe. He also talked about teaching drama in Del Rio, the march in 1969, and the impact of school consolidation in 1971. He also mentioned discrimination his drama students experienced during a UIL meet where they were the better team but the Anglo judges gave the win to another team.
Date: July 22, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Barrera, Eloy
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jaime Martinez, July 1, 2016

Description: Jaime Martinez was a Civil rights activist and farm worker advocate from San Antonio. Martinez served as the Chairman of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation board and was a lifetime advocate for civil rights. Martinez grew up on the West side San Antonio and attended Lanier High School. In his interview, he talked about his life as a labor organizer, having a street named after him, and what it takes to be an organizer. He died in July of 2017.
Date: July 1, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Martinez, Jaime
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Rebecca Flores, July 10, 2016

Description: Rebecca talks about growing up in rural areas and in San Antonio, working in the fields, her time at Texas A&I, and her politicization at University of Michigan; she also talks about feminism; she also talks about her exclusion from the Chicano Movement to a certain degree because she worked full time.
Date: June 27, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Flores, Rebecca
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Rebecca Flores, July 10, 2016

Description: Rebecca talks about growing up in rural areas and in San Antonio, working in the fields, her time at Texas A&I, and her politicization at University of Michigan; she also talks about feminism; she also talks about her exclusion from the Chicano Movement to a certain degree because she worked full time;
Date: June 27, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Flores, Rebecca
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jose Uriegas on July 9, 2016.

Description: Uriegas talks about growing up in Uvalde, being run out of Uvalde as a young man, and finishing high school in Del Rio. He talks about how Anglos in Uvalde used to turn the gas off the "Mexican" side of town to preserve pressure for the Anglo side when the weather was cold. He talks about the constant pressure that discriminatory treatment has on an individual's psyche. He talks about MAYO in Uvalde and serving on Uvalde city council. The most interesting part of the interview is him talking about him running VISTA MMP.
Date: July 9, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Uriegas, Jose
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Arturo Gonzales, July 12, 2016

Description: Arturo spoke about growing up in Crystal City. Him working the fields during his earlier years. He speaks a lot about local Crystal City politics. The initial push for representation envisaged by Los Cinco. Some about local Crystal City folks who were drafted for Vietnam. During this period--late 1960s, Arturo went to Wisconsin to work and live. He talked about the Crystal City walkouts--hearing about them in Wisconsin then moving back--and the demands that the students made. Finally, he talks a lot about Raza Unida internal politics, especially his side of the split. He was with the Barrio club/anti-Gutierrez faction and running Gutierrez out of Crystal City.
Date: July 12, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Gonzales, Arturo
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Alonso Martinez on July 29, 2016

Description: Alonso speaks about growing up in San Felipe and the segregated nature of Del Rio generally. He also speaks a great deal about migrant farm work and following the seasonal harvest. He speaks about his time in the West Texas cotton fields and speaking Spanish in Anglo schools out in West Texas. He talks a little bit about the 1969 Palm Sunday march--he wasn't a participant but he talks about the march. He also talks about the importance of education he received from Bambi Cardenas and Aurelio Montemayor who were both educators at San Felipe in the late 1960s. All in all, this is a great interview that has tons of useful information on Del Rio, San Felipe, and Alonso's life story.
Date: July 29, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Martinez, Alonso
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jovita Cazares, July 19, 2016

Description: Jovita Casarez was born in Acuña, across the border from Del Rio. After marrying, she and her family settled in Del Rio and started migrating to many different parts of the United States to work in the fields. After her husband was injured on the job in the 1970s, the family had to move to Madison, Wisconsin so that he could receive treatment. There, she started her career as an organizer after being hired by a farmworkers' rights organization. Upon their return to Del Rio, the Cazares established in San Felipe; a seasoned activist, Jovita became deeply enmeshed in local politics and grassroots activism. Cazares talks at length about several events that impacted her life, including the 1998 floods that destroyed her house, the death of her daughter and other personal and family struggles. In the mid 1990s, Cazares was the plaintiff in Cazares v. Val Verde County, a lawsuit that challenged the practice of allowing former Laughlin AFB personnel from submitting absentee ballots for local elections.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve; Sinta, Vinicio & Cazares, Jovita
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jovita Cazares, July 20, 2016

Description: Jovita Casarez was born in Acuña, across the border from Del Rio. After marrying, she and her family settled in Del Rio and started migrating to many different parts of the United States to work in the fields. After her husband was injured on the job in the 1970s, the family had to move to Madison, Wisconsin so that he could receive treatment. There, she started her career as an organizer after being hired by a farmworkers' rights organization. Upon their return to Del Rio, the Cazares established in San Felipe; a seasoned activist, Jovita became deeply enmeshed in local politics and grassroots activism. Cazares talks at length about several events that impacted her life, including the 1998 floods that destroyed her house, the death of her daughter and other personal and family struggles. In the mid 1990s, Cazares was the plaintiff in Cazares v. Val Verde County, a lawsuit that challenged the practice of allowing former Laughlin AFB personnel from submitting absentee ballots for local elections.
Date: July 19, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve; Sinta, Vinicio & Cazares, Jovita
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library