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  • Political leader from La Joya, Texas, and advocate for the poor, Leo James Leo championed many Mexican American causes. He was involved in both local and statewide politics and served on the boards of directors of many Great Society poverty programs, such as the Associated City and County Economic Corporation, helping the poor with food, job assistance, housing, and medical aid. He was often involved in controversy because of his forthright defense of these programs. In 1960, Leo and other Mexican -American political leaders organized the Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations (PASSO). Leo chaired the 1,000 member Hidalgo chapter of PASSO, the largest in the state. He also formed the Hidalgo County Political League, an association of liberal Anglo American and Mexican American Democrats, in the late 1960s. In addition, he assisted with summer youth programs and helped file citizenship papers for many Mexican immigrants. The collection contains materials from La Joya political activities and statements; the Guillermo Flores Elementary School dedication; personal and family history; and posthumous dedications and tributes.

    English, Spanish
    ca. 1960-1985
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean diplomat and opponent of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, was assassinated by a car bomb in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1976, together with Mrs. Ronni Moffitt. An investigation conducted by an international commission established by bilateral treaty concluded that Chilean secret police were responsible for the assassination and determined the settlement. The bulk of these materials consist of four bound volumes of briefs filed by the governments of the United States and the Republic of Chile before the international commission.

    English
    1980-1991
    Tarlton Law Library
  • Peruvian author, poet, and political activist Magda Portal became active in leftist politics in Peru and Bolivia and was active in the Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (APRA). In 1927, she was exiled to Cuba and in 1930, she was incarcerated in Chile. Upon returning to Peru, she founded the Peruvian Aprista Party. Through PAP she worked for women's rights and started educational and political programs for women. She became the leader of the Feminine Sector of APRA's National Executive Committee and was in charge of organizing feminist groups throughout Peru. Portal also helped edit the party magazine Apra and published variouspolitical pamphlets and essays. During the presidency of dictator Sánchez Cerro and his persecution of Aprista leaders in 1932, Portal was forced to go underground for some 16 months but was later arrested in 1934 and sentenced to 500 days in Santo Tomás women's prison in Lima. After release from prison Portal continued her work for APRA and spent time working in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The collection contains Portal’s correspondence, written works and radio transcripts, as well as a variety of political ephemera related to the PAP.

    Latin America
    Spanish
    1922-1986
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Photographer and civil rights activist Manuel (Chaca) Ramírez (1947-present) documented Mexican American barrios, civil rights activities, (including the Texas Farmworkers' march of 1977 and the East Austin Boat Race controversy), and Chicano arts and artists. In the 1980s, he recorded the work of Mexican American artists Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. and Consuelo (Chelo) Gonzalez Amezcua. The collection consists of 875 images that document activities and environs of Mexican Americans in Texas. Photographs of Laredo, Texas, in the 1970's show people of Laredo in their surroundings and the contrasts between poverty and luxury in the city. Slides document the Texas Farmworkers' march of 1977 for reform of labor laws in Texas and the United States, protest marches against police brutality, neighborhood activism in Austin, Texas, and a mural project by the League of United Chicano Artists (LUChA) in East Austin.

    English, Spanish
    1964-1982
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • María G. Flores was a photographer, teacher and social activist best known for her work with the Texas Farm Workers Union from 1975-1979. The collection is primarily composed of documents related to her work with farm workers and the Chicano rights movements. Materials include program files, speeches and photo-documentary work on the lives of farm workers and events in support of their rights.

    English
    1966-1983
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Collection of materials, 1982-1986, mainly newsletters, from the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, the Guatemalan Church in Exile, NISGUA, and the Guatemala Scholars Network. Also information from the photograph exhibition "Guatemala: A Testimonial."

    The collection is currently unprocessed but is open to researchers in the Benson Collection.

    English, Spanish
    1982-1986
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Mario Cantú was a civil rights activist best known for his success in the restaurant business. In 1969, Cantú began political organizing around Chicano rights by organizing the first "Semana de la Raza" in San Antonio, Texas. He subsequently founded several organizations designed to support undocumented immigrants and reduce police brutality against Chicanos in San Antonio. In 1976, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) raided Cantú's restaurant and convicted him on charges of employing illegal aliens. Across the border in Mexico, Cantú supported the Partido Proletario Unido de America (PPUA) internationally until he was found to violate terms of his probation following the 1976 conviction. Cantú subsequently focused his energy on the restaurant business, but maintained the physical records of his political endeavors in this collection. Materials include legal documents from the 1976 trial, a large body of documents from the various initiatives mentioned above and collected materials on related topics.

    English, Spanish
    1957-1998
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Writer and political activist Martha Cotera founded Information Systems Development, a consulting firm in Austin, Texas, and was the publisher of the Austin Hispanic Directory. Active in Raza Unida Party politics, the feminist movement, and educational and social agencies, Cotera is also the author of several books and articles on Chicanas. The collection contains manuscripts of works by Cotera and others, as well as clippings, correspondence, publications, and ephemera such as broadsides, bumper stickers, leaflets, posters, and tickets. The collection also includes an address book, audiovisual material, calendars, organizational records, scripts, and teaching materials.

    English
    1964-present
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • The Mexican American Programs of the Longhorn Radio Network collection consists of 198 recordings for two series of radio programs: The Mexican American Experience, which first aired in October, 1976, and A esta hora conversamos, which first aired in October, 1981. Both programs were part of the Longhorn Radio Network, a distribution service and production center of public service content for radio stations across Texas and the greater Southwest. The project may also be accessed through its own web page (http://www.laits.utexas.edu/onda_latina) for additional information. The collection contains interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns. Topics covered on these programs include political activities of Mexican Americans, Mexican American folklore and folk medicine, corridos, Tejano music, Mexican American musicians, voting rights, education, health, farm workers' unions and working conditions, and some Mexican and Central American topics.

    English, Spanish
    1976-1982
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • In 1979, Carla J. Hagen and four other researchers and photographers ‪(‬Dan Dickey, María Flores, Félix Peña, and Scott Van Osdol‪)‬ worked on a project funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant and administered through the Southwest Center for Policy Studies in Austin, Texas. They collected 60 songs from migrant workers in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas, and photographed musicians, informants, and the environment in which migrants live and work.

    This collection documents the music and experiences of migrant agricultural workers in the Texas border region. A 403-page manuscript ‪(‬titled La compusimos pizcando: Texas migrant ballads‪)‬ describes the lives and music of Mexican and Mexican American migrant workers and includes an appendix with Spanish language song lyrics and English translations; 7 cassette tapes contain interviews with informants including musical performances; 81 black-and-white photographs by Dan Dickey, María Flores, and Scott Van Osdol show musicians, researchers, and the working and living conditions of migrant workers.

    English, Spanish
    1979
    Benson Latin American Collection