EL FILOSOFO

JANUARY 2000


Texas A & M University History Professor Armando C.

Alonzo, Ph. D. will present on Friday January 28th 2000 at 7: 00 p.m.

Armando C Alonzo, a native of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A & M University. He received his doctorate from Indiana University and has taught at Southwest Texas State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. His principle area of research is the history of the U.S. southwest and Northern New Spain. He is the author of "Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in south Texas, 1734 - 1900"

 THE CESAR CHAVEZ STREET INAUGURATION WILL BE SATURDAY APRIL 1ST (NO FOOLING!)

TAHP President Benny Martinez has named CO-chairs Richard Perez and Linda Alonzo Saenz to plan an outstanding program to celebrate this historical occasion. They bring to us their expertise in organizing parades and networking of civic and military organizations. If you know of an organization that would like to participate or be a sponsor contact CO-chairs, Richard Perez at (281) 451-0488 or Linda Alonzo-Saenz at (281) 412-4137. Macario Ramirez of Casa Ramirez (713-880-2420) with his expertise of networking and numerous contacts has agreed to be our Public Relations person.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CESAR CHAVEZ

Cesar Chavez was born on a small farm New Yuma, Arizona in 1927. His family lost their farm and family business during the depression. After he graduated from the eighth grade he began to help his family as a migrant farmworker in the California fields. Mr. Chavez enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific (1944-1946) during WW II. After the war he advocated through non-violent means and halted the use of DDT and other dangerous pesticides. He organized the passage of legislation that would guarantee the farmworkers the right to bargain collectively through their union. He succeeded in bringing nation wide attention to the farmworkers by voicing their problems and working toward correcting the injustices until his death in 1993. Even after his death he continues to receive awards. Last year President Clinton posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Renaming 67th Street is a small achievement in comparison to the many accomplishments of Cesar Chavez.


PLEASE MAIL YOUR YEAR 2000 T.A.H.P. DUES TO:

LINDA SAENZ, TREASURER

P.O. BOX 231021

HOUSTON, TEXAS 77223.

THE DUES ARE $25.00 YEARLY PER FAMILY. IF YOU HAVE NOT PAID PLEASE DO SO NOW. THANK YOU.


University of Texas Researcher, Carlos Albert Martinez is assisting in an oral history project entitled "U.S. Latinos &World War II: Changes Seen, Changes Wrought." He will attend this meeting to answer questions and hopefully make contacts with WWII veterans. He can be reached at (281) 991-1500. Maggie Rivas- Rodriguez, a journalism professor and leader of the project can be contacted by phone at 512-471-1924 or by e-mail at latinoarchiaves@www.utexas.edu. The web site address for the project is www.utexas.edu/projects/latinoarchives/

Hispanics are being sought who served in uniform and civilians at military installations. An academic conference scheduled for May 2000 at the University of Texas is expected to attract additional support, scholars and additional papers. Any information that you have regarding the tremendous contributions of Hispanics who served in W.W.II will be greatly appreciated as they are in a race against time.

 

ZARAGOZA TRAIL RIDERS

The ZARAGOZA Trail Ride will begin on January 30 at 9:a.m. in Goliad, Texas. The trail ride will end on February 12, 2000 in downtown Houston at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo parade. This trail ride is named after General Ignacio Zaragoza de Seguin, who was born near Goliad, Texas in 1829. General Zaragoza led his troops to victory on May 5, 1862 at the battle of Puebla. For more information, contact Benny C. Martinez.

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO GET TO THE MEETING

Get on Interstate 45 North or South; exit Woodridge (41-A). Turn on Woodridge heading east. At the next light (Garland St.) take a left and another immediate left. Enter the gate on the left and park next to the Eastside Annex of Houston Community College. The meeting is in the Carlos Garcia Auditorium.

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LULAC Council 60 and The American GI Forum recently sponsored a benefit bar-b-q fundraiser. It was held at the Latino Learning Center, Jan. 21, 2000 for Jorgito Castaneda, a young boy of seven years old undergoing cerebral cancer treatment at The Texas Children’s Hospital. It was a success, (spearheaded by Benny C. Martinez) with proceeds benefiting Jorgito’s brave fight against cerebral cancer. All proceeds will be presented to the Castaneda family at the meeting.