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Oral History Interview with Richard Menchaca, June 12, 2015

Description: Interview with Richard Menchaca, an educator, author and businessman from Dallas, Texas. In his interview, Menchaca discusses his upbringing in a segregated San Antonio, experiences as a student athlete, working as a teacher in Dallas, and his Chicano activism, including being president of LULAC.
Date: June 12, 2015
Creator: Menchaca, Richard & Acuña-Gurrola, Moisés
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 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

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 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 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 David Van, June 24, 2016

Description: Mr. Van Os grew up in segregated Kilgore, in East Texas; the first part of the interview is spent in his recollections of the era, including the eventual integration of the schools in the mid-to-late 1960s. He attended UT Austin, where he became involved in SDS and joined several activities that involved African American and Mexican American activists. While studying law, he did an internship with the law firm of David Richards, who had been working on voting rights litigation earlier that decade. After graduating, he worked as a union-side labor lawyer and represented the Austin chapter of the NAACP in a lawsuit to do away with at-large place system for city council elections. In addition to his early activism and work in civil rights litigation, Mr. Van Os talks about the relationship of racial and economic justice and the role of labor unions in ensuring both.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Arionus, Steve; Sinta, Vinicio & Van Os, David
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Victor San Miguel and David Gomez on June 25, 2016.

Description: Video recording of a group interview with Victor San Miguel and David Gomez, two of the current leaders of the Brown Berets in San Antonio, Texas. During the interview each of the men discusses his background and upbringing, and how he came to join the organization. Additionally, Mr. San Miguel explains the role of the southside Brown Berets and the philosophy of Carnalismo including anecdotes about traveling to other cities in Texas to organize Brown Berets, as well as several specific protests where they got involved.
Date: June 25, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio; San Miguel, Victor & Gomez, David
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 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 Zeke Romo, June 29, 2016

Description: Mr. Romo was born in Kyle, but grew up in Austin, near the UT campus. He later attended UT as a journalism major; when looking for an internship, he found work with Marcelo Tafoya at The Echo, a Chicano newspaper based in East Austin. Mr. Romo talks about his work and his views on Chicano-oriented journalism, as well as his involvement in initiatives for revitalization in East Austin. He was also involved in the creation of the Mexican American Cultural Center and worked in SER-Jobs for Progress.
Date: June 29, 2016
Creator: Sinta, Vinicio & Romo, Zeke
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 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 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