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Oral History Interview with Diana Montejano on June 29, 2016.

Description: Diane Montejano is a poet, educator, and activist. In her interview, Montejano talks about growing up on the west side of San Antonio, her role in the Brown Berets, differences between Southside/Westside Berets, and the decline of Berets.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Montejano, Diana
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Carlos Richardson on June 30, 2016.

Description: Richardson discusses his personal history as an African-American in San Antonio, Texas, learning about the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Austin, and creating a branch in San Antonio.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve; Sinta, Vinicio & Richardson, Carlos
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Nina Duran, June 29, 2016

Description: Ms. Duran took over La Prensa in early 2016, after her father Tino Duran retired due to health issues. In its several iterations, La Prensa has provided a voice for Mexican Americans in San Antonio since the early 20th century. Ms. Duran explains the editorial policies of La Prensa, its relations with the community and other local institutions, and the future of the weekly.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio; Arionus, Steve & Druan, Nina
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 Gene Hartman, June 27, 2016

Description: Gene Hartman talks about his life growing up in San Antonio; his father on the city council; a little bit about his time at UT-Austin; and his work as a developer.
Date: June 27, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio; Arionus, Steve & Hartman, Gene
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Claudis Minor on June 25, 2016

Description: Claudis talks about his parents working at Kelly Field; discrimination at Kelly; segregation in San Antonio; sports--black and brown; his time in the military--stationed in Ethiopia; SNCC in San Antonio;
Date: June 25, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Minor , Claudis
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Auerlio Montemayor on June 23, 2016

Description: Mr. Montemayor was adopted by the Montemayor family in Laredo; his family was heavily involved in community affairs and Mexican American activism. His adoptive mother, Alicia Dickerson Montemayor, was elected vice president general of LULAC. After attending college in St. Edward's University in Austin, Mr. Montemayor worked as a teacher in Del Rio, where he became involved in Chicano activism. He was a central player in the events that led to the march in Del Rio, and later taught at walkout schools in Uvalde and other communities in the RGV. He was one of the founders of Colegio Jacinto Treviño (eventually becoming involved in Juarez Lincoln University). He eventually settled in San Antonio, where he became a full time staff member at IDRA. Throughout the interview, Mr. Montemayor talks about the pedagogical foundations for his work in Chicano-oriented courses, entrepreneurship, and some of the rifts that caused certain Chicano/a initiatives to split (e.g. Colegio Jacinto Treviño).
Date: June 23, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Montemayor, Aurelio
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Irma Mireles, July 5, 2016

Description: Irma Mireles is a civil rights activist from San Antonio. She was active in Raza Unida. Mireles was elected to a seat on the San Antonio River Authority and held office for six years.
Date: July 5, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Mireles, Irma
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 Becky Brenner, July 5, 2016

Description: Becky talks about her activism, mostly outside of Texas, with SNCC & SDS; her later career; and lifelong commitment to racial justice
Date: July 5, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve & Brenner, Becky
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Gregg Barrios, June 21, 2016

Description: Mr. Barrios was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. He started working for the local newspaper at the age of 16, writing book reviews. He was drafted into the military, trained as a medic and stationed in Austin, where he attended UT. He later became politicized and joined SDS, involved in anti-war activism. After graduating from college, he taught high school level English in San Antonio and later moved to Crystal City to support the 1969 walkout, eventually staying as a teacher. He wrote several plays that touched upon to Chicano/a identity and politics. Throughout the interview, Mr. Barrios discussed sexism in the Chicano movement, and the exclusion of LGBT Chicanos/as.
Date: June 21, 2016
Creator: Barrios, Gregg & Sinta, Vinicio
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Robert Alvarado, June 28, 2016

Description: Robert talks about growing up in San Antonio; his time with the Brown Berets; and environmental racism with the chemical spill at Kelly AFB
Date: June 28, 2016
Creator: Alvarado, Roberto; Sinta, Vinicio & Arionus, Steve
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Joe Bernal, July 5, 2016

Description: The second part of a two part interview focuses on the early years of his political career, his relationship with the Good Government League and some of his accomplishments as a state representative. Throughout the interview, Mr. Bernal talks about the political and economic context in San Antonio. At the end of the interview, he talks about the role of Raza Unida in his eventual electoral defeat.
Date: July 5, 2016
Creator: Bernal, Joe; Sinta, Vinicio & Arionus, Steve
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Joe Bernal, July 1, 2016

Description: In the first part of his interview, Mr. Bernal talks about his experiences growing up in the west side of San Antonio. He talks about living conditions and the different jobs he had as a young man to help his household. He also discussed the conditions in the area schools, and the way Mexican American youth were steered toward trades instead of going to college. He also talks about his experience in the military; he was sent to the Philippines and Japan. Upon returning to the U.S., Mr. Bernal attended Trinity U., and later became a school teacher. Two part interview.
Date: July 1, 2016
Creator: Bernal, Joe; Sinta, Vinicio & Arionus, Steve
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Juan Tejeda, June 22, 2016

Description: Juan Tejeda is the co-founder and producer of the Guadalupe Cultural Center's annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio. In his interview he discusses, growing up on the Southside of San Antonio, Mexican American Studies, and educational equality.
Date: June 22, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio; Arionus, Steve & Tejeda, Juan
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Andrew Hernandez, June 8, 2016

Description: Mr. Hernandez was raised in San Antonio, spending most of his formative years in the east side. While young, he became involved in local politics, working for several high profile campaigns, including State Senator Joe Bernal. He studied political science in Trinity University; at a very young age, he was offered the opportunity to work as the first Research Director for SVREP. He collected data and worked with MALDEF and SVREP attorneys to combat voting discrimination in Texas. In 1980, he ran Ted Kennedy's presidential campaign in the southwest. After the death of Willie Velasquez, he took the reins of SVREP. He returned to partisan politics later on, working with the Democratic Party. In addition to his account of his work in San Antonio politics and SVREP, Mr. Hernandez talks about the Mexican American and the broader "Latino/a" vote and the role of these constituencies in national electoral politics.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Hernandez, Andrew
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Peter Vallecillo on June 30, 2016.

Description: Mr. Vallecillo was raised in the Rio Grande Valley by Mexican immigrant parents. In his youth, he quickly became aware of the discriminatory attitudes towards Mexican-Americans in communities like Harlingen. Mr. Vallecillo worked in the Valley as a school teacher and coach for several years after college. As years went on, he became more directly involved in activism, working with the Texas Rural Legal Aid and eventually joining the GI Forum and most recently, founding the Southwest Institute on Poverty and Civil Rights.
Date: June 30, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Vallecillo, Peter
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Macario Ramirez on June 15, 2016.

Description: Macario Ramirez was born in 1937 in San Antonio. His family were migrant farm workers and traveled to the Midwest every year. He was in the military from 1956-59. Upon his return from the war, he gets involved in War on Poverty programs. Mr. Ramirez worked in Labor Training Programs in San Antonio, which eventually leads him to move to D.C. and work with a Man Power Training Program through the Department of Labor. He arrives in Houston and founded Casa Ramirez, a space that celebrate and provides culture and folklore to the Mexican American community of Houston.
Date: June 15, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra & Ramirez, Macario
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library