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La Raza Round Table – Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Press Conference

June 28, 2013 § 2 Comments

Austin City Hall – June 27, 2013

Here are photo & audio moments from the RAZA ROUND TABLE  press conference in support of the HISPANIC/LATINO QUALITY OF LIFE REPORT.

La Raza Round Table announces support for HLQL Report

La Raza Round Table announces support for HLQL Report

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HABLA press conference at ESB MACC

June 6, 2013 § 2 Comments

June 5, 2013   Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center  (River/Rainey Street  Austin,TX)

HABLA supporters annouce their opposition their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of ESB MACC

HABLA supporters annouce their opposition their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of ESB MACC

Here are few moments of the press conference at the ESB – MACC.

Hispanic Leaders Oppose Sale of City-owned Land Near Entrance of Mexican American Cultural Center Austin, Texas – Hispanic Advocates Business Leaders of Austin (HABLA) hosted a press conference to announce their opposition to a developer’s request to purchase city-owned land located at the entrance of the Mexican American Cultural Center (64 Rainey Street)

For those who couldn’t attend the HABLA press conference at the ESB – MACC, here are audio clips:

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Austin Brown Berets – Insights, Reflections and Discussion

April 9, 2013 § 1 Comment

March 27, 2013        MonkeyWrench Books  110 E.North Loop Austin, Texas
 

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As Austin moves forward with the implementation of the  10-One election system, Imagine Austin (master development roadmap) and Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative, Gilberto C. Rivera & Susana Almanza (longtime Eastside activists) shared their experiences about the Brown Berets, their work and the chapter’s expression in the Mexican American civil rights movement. The grassroots, youth organization existed in Austin roughly from 1973-1983 and at one time, included 20 members.

With a 40 year perspective, Gilbert and Susana contend that the current community struggles are essentially the same ones as tackled during the 1970’s.

The discussion took place at MonkeyWrench Books as part of their series, “Alternative Histories” which seeks to shed light on groups and individuals seldom mentioned from the conventional historical account of Austin and its transformation.  A HUGE thanks to Eliot Tretter, Bob Libal and MonkeyWrench Books for their help & hospitality to make this project possible.

Here is a quick sound montage featuring a few comments from Gilberto and Susana:

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Susana Almanza and Hon. Gonzalo Barrientos – Interview with PEOPLE UNITED

March 22, 2013 § 1 Comment

People United produced/hosted by Allen Campbell  spoke with PODER Director Susana Almanza and former Texas State Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos about politics and social movements in Austin with reference to the legacy of the late civil-rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, who is being honored with a march SaturdayMarch 23 that begins at 10 am at Terrazas Library in East Austin and culminates in an 11 am rally at Austin City Hall Plaza, all on the street that bears his name.

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Dr. Sylvia Herrera – Chicana Leadership

March 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

 “From the Tank Farms in East Austin to Immigration Struggles in Arizona and Beyond”

Saturday March 2, 2013  –  Southwest Key’s El Centro de Familia – 6002 Jain Lane 78721
 

March 2, 2013 marked a moment to celebrate Dr. Sylvia Herrera, a longtime community organizer on civil, social, environmental and economic justice issues.  Dr. Herrera is a native East Austinite who earned her Ph.D  in 1998 (University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education)  and she is a founding member of PODER (People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources) . Her research has examined health impacts in neighborhoods surrounding the Tank Farm (benzene) the Holly Street Power Plant (Electro Magnetic Fields-EMFs, noise) and the BFI Recycling Center (Noise, rodents).

Family, friends and supporters gathered to hear her speak about her work with PODER in East Austin and her current involvement on immigration rights issues in Phoenix, Arizona.The event was held at and sponsored by PODER and Resistencia Bookstore/Red Salmon Arts.

 
 

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