Bienvenidos otra vez a La Voz Newspaper. Esperamos que todos se encuentran en buen salud porque como quien dice,
your health is your wealth.
In this issue of La Voz we wish to call to your attention the most recent accomplishment of Dr. Emilio Zamora: being named
the President of the Texas State Historical Association. Dr. Zamora has not only proven himself to be an outstanding
scholar but also an outstanding community activist. He has given his time and energy to help advance the causes of the
community which he believes in. He is a true asset to the community.
Another shout out goes to Travis County Constable George Morales. George climb out of the barrio is yet another amazing example of
hechandole ganas. He has shown that perseverance and determination can get you down the road of success. The story
that appears in this issue of La Voz comes from a publication of Huston-Tillotson University from where George will be
graduating in May. We congratulate George Morales on all his accomplishments thus far, for they are all well deserved.
We wish to also call to your attention the recent appointment of Dr. Victoria Defrancesco-Soto as the Director of Civic
Engagement at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She will be working with
others at the LBJ School to help increase the presence of the university in the civic affairs of the community. We look forward
to keeping up with her outstanding career.
Dan Arellano who wrote a letter which appears on page #4, is a community activist who used to live in Austin, Texas
but now resides in San Antonio. For as long as I have known him has had a passion for public history. By this I mean
that he wants others to know what he has learned about the true stories of Texas. Being retired gives one a lot of time to
research history and Dan has done his digging. And not only has he done his digging, he has taken to presenting his findings
with public re-enactments of early Texas history. He has also made the time to lobby political bodies for resolutions and
recognitions of events that he feels need to be included in the history books. Dan doesn’t always get the recognition he
deserves but he is definitely someone who is trying to make a difference.
Ramón Rodriguez, a new writer who has come to La Voz, has spent the last two months working on a story about
Mendez Middle School. As many people know, Mendez has now become a charter school and
is operated by a coalition of partners to try and get it on track with regard to state standards.
Ramón’s inside peek at Mendez offers a sense of the challenges that are faced with trying to save this school from
closure in the future. La Voz, in partnership with the ACE program that operates at Mendez has recently started a
journalism club that meets on Thursdays. We look forward to bringing you many Mendez voices in the coming months.
Copyright 2019 by Alfredo Santos La Voz Newspaper. To read the full La Voz edition, including the tribute ot Dr. Emilio Zamora, visit: http://www.lavoznewspapers.com