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The Life & Times of Willie Velasquez (The Hispanic Civil Rights Series)

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ISBN: 1558854193
Издательство: Arte Publico Press
Год издания: 2004
Страниц: 384
Book DescriptionWilliam C. "Willie" Velasquez, Jr. founded the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP) and was an influential participant in other leading Latino rights and justice groups, including the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) and the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC). From the late 1960s until his untimely death in 1988, Velasquez helped Mexican Americans and other Hispanics become active participants in American political life. Though still insufficiently appreciated, Velasquez holds a unique status in the pantheon of modern American civil rights figures. Velasquez?s work on voter rights and registration triggered an unprecedented mobilization of Latino voters in pivotal electoralstates across the U.S., including California, Illinois, and Texas. Today, as Latinos emerge to constitute America?s new minority of record, with growing reach into other major states, such as New York, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and...