Bienvenidos otra vez a La Voz Newspaper. Para empezarqueremos reconocer que el calor se nos esta llevando . . . . pues ya sabes. Hasta los gatos
y perros estan caminado despacio. Y deja tu, las albercas, the swimming pools, parecen hot tubs con la temperatura del agua. Asi es que , si va
para afuera, vaya se por la sombras.
Ahora comentando sobre el contenido de este ejemplar de La Voz. As you look through it you will notice that this month we seem to have a lot
obituary /stories/ reflection pieces. Many of those who have passed away were activists in their respective communities. Take for example Mr. Martin Escamilla
Rendon, el papá de Bertha Rendon Delgado on page 5. In his youth he was an active member of the Brown Berets. He was a teenager when he
got involved in the Chicano Movement and like many of his era, he answered the call to stand up and do something to improve the community.
On page 17 you will find a tribute on Roberto Villarreal written by Dr. Emilio Zamora and a reflection piece written by one of Mr. Villarreal’s
daughters. Mr. Villarreal was a prolific writer and Chicano activist in South Texas. But it is the sudden passing of Sandra Tenorio that really strikes close to home for me. It was just a few months ago that she introduced me to a great Mexican Restaurant in San Marcos, Texas called Herberts Taco Hut. We ate and had a great conversation about the history of her family and ways to document the history of La Raza in the Kyle and Buda area. And now she is gone.
Muchas vezes no sabemos si la conversación con alguien va ser la ultima.
On the cover of this issue of La Voz, we have chosen to acknowledge Rebecca Flores. She was recently inducted into the AFL-CIO Labor Hall
of Fame for her work over the years with the United Farm Workers Union of America. In 1975, she too answered the call to work for
change and became the Statewide Director for the union. I met Rebecca in 1993 in Houston, Texas when she was working on a legislative
campaign. She came to our house to drop materials for a function that was going to take place. In 2002, we worked together on the UFW
Convention program booklet for an event in the Rio Grande Valley. I am very happy to see her being recognized in this fashion. See pages 6 and
7 for more information and photos.
Sometimes people ask why we have selected so an so for inclusion in a particular issue of La Voz. The short answer is because they did something
that we felt was note worthy. Some people have things happen to them. Others work to make something happen. We like to highlight
individuals who are doing something positive. On page 11 you will find a large photo of a group of people (too many to name) who came together
recently at Attorney Alberto Garcia’s law office on First Street in Austin, Texas to support Constable George Morales’ Dove Springs
Backpack and School Supply Drive. This event continues to grow each year.
We would like to congratulate the people out in San Francisco, California who put out a publication called El Tecolote. For the past 53
years John Gonzales and his team have been publishing this community-based newspaper in the Mission District of San Francisco. On page
18 you will find information on a big event they are having to commemorate this achievement.
One last note, this year marks the 44 year that the National Hispanic Institute has been working with youth across the country and world
to develop leadership skills and get them into colleges and universities. Ernesto Nieto and Gloria de Leon and their team at NHI have
quietly been working to make a difference. Visit their website on the internet for more information.
Copyright 2023 by Alfredo Santos. You can download the entire issue of La Voz at: http://www.lavoznewspapers.com