Solidarity: Hispanic Senior Citizens
July 1 - October 6, 2022, All Day at King Library, 2nd Floor - DiNapoli Exhibit Gallery
Mary J. Andrade is an author, photographer, and co-publisher of La Oferta Latino Bilingual Newspaper, which she founded in 1978 with her husband, Frank. In the mid-1980s, Andrade collaborated with Shirley I. Fisher to research and photograph community members who'd made social, economic and political contributions to Santa Clara valley. The goal was to preserve the wisdom and heritage of the subjects while raising awareness of local history. The work culminated in Solidarity, Hispanic Senior Citizens.
Event Host, Rosanna Alvarez is a poet, author, creator and host of the Hella Chingona Podcast and co-founder and editor of Eastside Magazine.
Len Ramirez is a multi-media Journalist and TV Reporter at KPIX 5 TV.
Paul English has worked as a financial consultant and currently owns a landscaping company in San Francisco. He and has served in local organizations such as the Santa Clara Valley Urban League and the San Jose Chamber of Commerce.
Joel Ruíz Herrera in an educator who has held numerous positions in area schools ranging from teacher to superintendent. He has also served in community organizations including the GI Forum and La Raza Historical Society.
Maritza Maldonado is the Founder and Executive Director of Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment, and a local and national leader on issues including immigration, school reform, and child advocacy. She was named Woman of the Year, 2022 by Senator Dave Cortese.
Tony Alexander is the former political director for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 5, and has served in many community groups including the San Jose Conservation Core, The African American Community Service Agency, and the Alum Rock Union School District board of trustees.
Part 2: East Side Activism
Maria Perez is a former east side activist and has worked in gang, drug, and alcohol prevention for over 40 years.
Doreen Garcia Nevel worked in nursing for 30 years, helping Spanish speakers overcome language related service barriers. The daughter of San Jose activists Ernestina and Tony Garcia, Doreen was involved in activist groups such as the Black Berets, Community Alert Patrol, and the Confederation de la Raza Unida.
Tony Estremera is a lawyer focused on immigrant rights and diversity. He has served on countless boards and committees including the Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County, the Mexican American Political Association, and the Mayor’s Committee on Minority Affairs (San Jose).
Shirley Trevino is a former San Jose youth activist who has worked in Labor Relations for over 40 years. She is co-founder of several organizations including CAUSA, Latina Coalition, LULAC Gilroy, The Institute for Non-Violence, and Uoxina de Paz, and has been named one of the 100 most influential Latinos in Silicon Valley.
Event Host, Arturo Villarreal is a professor with a BA in Behavioral Science/Cultural Anthropology and a MA in Social Science from San José State University. He is the co-author of the book Mexicans in San José, and currently teaches Ethnic Studies and Anthropology at Evergreen Valley College.
Stephen Pitti, PhD is a Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. He is the author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California and other works on Chicano history and historiography.
Josie Méndez-Negrete, PhD, is professor emerita of The University of Texas at San Antonio, founder and publisher of Conocimientos Press and the author of three books including Activist Leaders of San José.
Due to an issue with the recording of the event, please read the text of this presentation in SJSU ScholarWorks: San José’s Eastside: Forever My Home.
Alexandro J. Jara is a scholar of Western and Latin American History, and the author of “Latinos and U.S. Transnational Urbanism: Ethnic Mexicans, Culture, and the Politics of Making San José, 1940-1980."
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‘East Side Dreams’ fills in decades of San Jose history | The Mercury News
The "East Side Dreams" Exhibit has been made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Social Science Research Council and the American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
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