Bienvenidos otra vez a La Voz Newspaper. In this month’s we are pleased to bring you an interview
with Mayor Pro-tem, Delia Garza. This former Austin firefighter, turned attorney is slowly climbing
the ladder of public service.
As the recently elected Mayor Pro-tem on the Austin City Council we expect to see and hear more
from Council member Garza. Our second big story in this issue of La Voz is the Ramsery Muñiz story. In
the early 1970s, during the heyday of the Chicano Movement, Ramsey burst onto the political scene
as the gubernatorial candidate of the Raza Unida Party. Many thought he didn’t have a
chance. But when the returns came in that night, he had garnered 214,118 votes. And while he did not
win the election he almost cost Dolph Briscoe, Jr., the Democratic nominee, the race. Briscoe took
office with less than 50% of the vote.
The Raza Unida Party scared the Democrats so much that they shortly thereafter welcomed a new
organization called the Mexican American Democrats. Ahora sí, now the Latinos were welcome!
Another story you should find interesting is titled, The Day the Music Died. It is about the plane crash
that took the life of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and a 17 year Mexican American from Pacoima, California
named Richie Valens. (His real name was Richard Steven Valenzuela.) During his short musical career, he
had four hits songs that made it into the charts including La Bamba.
On page 16 you will find a plug for a book titled, Chicana Tributes. It profiles the lives and
accomplishment of women activists who helped to carry and shape the Chicano/a
Movement. On page 17 is a plug for the new Roberto Rodriguez movie, ALITA:
BATTLE ANGEL. Check it out at a theater near you.
Lastly, we just want to remind our readers that when you see a readership contest announcement in
La Voz with a cash prize, take it seriously. In our December, 2018 contest, the
winner was a young lady from Mendez Middle School. She won $100.00.
In our January, 2019 contest, no one submitted an entry. Easy $100.00 left
on the table. The readership contest will return in March. This time the winner gets
Copyright 2019 by Alfredo Santos. To view the complete issue of La Voz, visit: http://www.lavoznewspapers.com