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Interview: Rosa Martha Zarate Macias

A former nun disenchanted with her superiors pursues a path aimed at improving the lives of others less fortunate.  In part, that break with a strong tradition arises from a faith that liberation theology may provide answers that tradition may not.  Rosa Martha Zarate Macias tells of finding a place in the farmworkers’ labor movement …

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Interview: Leo Montalvo, The First Mexican American Mayor of McAllen, Texas Part 2

After teaching mathematics in the public schools, Montalvo would serve as intern with a Ford Foundation program and became an activist in the early 1970s.  He was a Spanish columnist at Ya Mero, the United Farmworkers Union newspaper published in McAllen, Texas and would run for Treasurer of Hidalgo County, Texas in 1972 as a …

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Interview: Leo Montalvo, The first Mexican American Mayor of McAllen, Texas Part 1

The First Mexican American Mayor of the City of McAllen, Texas. talks about his family immigrating to Texas  in 1952 when Montalvo was nine years old.  He spoke no English and was placed in the first grade.  Montalvo would graduate high school on schedule and attend Texas A & M University on a partial scholarship. …

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Morning Serenade

Vignettes from Strawberry Fields      Joaquin walked sheepishly from the dark hallway into the kitchen, rubbing his eyes.  The coffee pot was boiling and sputtering. “Ay m’ijo (oh, son), go back to sleep.  Did the coffee pot wake you?” Manda’s wooden rolling pin rhythmically flattened out a flour tortilla.  Cluck, cluck, cluck, cluck.   Her forward …

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Summer of 1965

Vignettes from Strawberry Fields   Joaquin turned fifteen the summer of ’65. The red Ford truck stopped. It was the last leg of the trip. Joaquin had earlier seen a road sign that read “Corpus Christi 70 miles.”  The live oak belt lay behind them and toward the south lay the south Texas prickly desert.  The gypsy-like …

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