Date(s) - 09/28/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Special Screening of Hector Galán’s
WILLIE VELASQUEZ: YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE
September 28, 2016 | 7pm
Free and Open to the public
In Collaboration with KLRU
Directed by Hector Galán (Children of Giant), WILLIE VELASQUEZ: YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE, special screening narrated by Luis Valdez, Wednesday, September 28th, at ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center located at 600 River Street. Seating is limited, please arrive early.
Throughout American history, Latinos were often kept from the ballot box through the use of poll taxes, gerrymandering and outright intimidation. But drawing inspiration from the Civil Rights movement, Cesar Chavez and the farmworkers movement, and the protests against the war in Vietnam, Willie Velasquez’s Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP) would change the face of American politics by harnessing the power of the Latino vote in unprecedented ways.
A Mexican-American butcher’s son from San Antonio, Willie Velasquez’s political awakening came early. A dedicated student, Velasquez attended St. Mary’s University and spent two summers as a Congressional intern in Washington, D.C., working for San Antonio’s pioneering Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. Returning home, he became one of the founders of the Mexican-American Youth Organization (MAYO), a Chicano youth organization focused on improving educational opportunities. In the early 1970s, Willie marched with the leaders of the Chicano movement and became a key player in the formation of the Raza Unida Conference. Please arrive early as seating is limited.