The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 7 – Senators Yarborough and Mondale, Cesar Chavez (1969)

This home movie captures scenes of United States Senators Ralph Yarborough and Walter Mondale conducting a senate committee hearing in Edinburg, Texas, followed by scenes of labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. On November 24, 1969, after touring migrant labor camps throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Senators Yarborough and Mondale held a […]

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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 3 – La Raza Unida State Convention October 1971

This home movie captures scenes of the state convention of La Raza Unida Party (RUP) in San Antonio in October 1971. The state convention that year was the first time that RUP attempted to organize at the state level, and delegates attended from nine counties across the state, including Travis, Tarrant, and Bexar Counties. The […]

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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 12 – UFWOC Rally (c.1973)

This home movie captures scenes of a United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) rally in Rio Grande City, Texas circa 1973 and an Avena family Christmas. At the rally, amid the crowd, are signs that read “Free Cesarâ€, referring to the labor leader’s 1973 arrest after his refusal to limit picketing. Also included are images […]

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The Avena-Wilson Collection, no. 11 – MAYO March for Alfonso Flores (1971)

This home movie captures scenes of a march organized by MAYO in Pharr, Texas on March 7, 1971 to protest police brutality against Mexican-Americans and memorialize Pharr Police Riot victim Alfonso Laredo Flores. On February 6, 1971, a protest took place outside of Pharr City Hall in response to residential and school segregation still existing […]

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