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Page 2 La Voz de Austin - June, 2011People in the Newsindividuals and communities withthe Texas After Violence Project,a small human rights organizationin Austin.in Organizational Leadership andEthics from St. Edward’sUniversity.Erica Saenz Tappedfor CommunityRelations spot at UTErica Saenz was recently namedthe the Director of CommunityRelations for Diversity andCommunity Engagement at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin. Shemoves up from her spot as a SeniorProgram Coordinator.She says she is very excited abouther new role and expects thetransition to be a smooth one andcompleted by mid-summer. Erica isoriginally from Edinburg, Texas andgraduated from The University ofTexas at Austin in 1998, with adegree in Theatre. She received herMasters of Fine Arts in DramaticWriting from The University ofCalifornia at Los Angeles in 2008.Solis Earns MastersDegree in MexicanAmerican StudiesGabriel Daniel Solis was bornand raised in Seguin, Texas, wherehis family has lived for severalgenerations. He graduated fromSeguin High School in 2004 andattended the University of Texasat Austin where he earned a degreein Philosophy in 2008.After college, Gabriel conductedresearch on the effects of violence,especially the death penalty, onIn 2009, Gabriel entered theMasters Program at the Center forMexican American Studies at theUniversity of Texas at Austin.During this time, he was StaffCoordinator for Refugio Center forCommunity Organizing andGraduate Research Assistant atthe University of TexasCommunity Engagement Center,part of the Division for Diversityand Community Engagement.In May 2011, Gabriel’s MastersThesis, “The Trial of Ricardo AldapeGuerra,” received the “L. TufflyEllis Best Thesis Prize forExcellence in the Study of TexasHistory” from the Department ofHistory at the University of Texasat Austin. Dr. Emilio Zamora,Professor of History at TheUniversity of Texas at Austin,served as Gabriels’ committeechair.Anabel Garza NamedSecondary Principalof the YearAnabel Garza was named SecondaryPrincipal of the Year duringthe Austin Partners in EducationSalute 2011 event at the LongCenter in Austin, Texas on May 18,2011.Garza, who is originally fromBrownsville, Texas, earned herbachelors degree from The Universityof Texas at Austin in 1987 andher masters degree from TexasState University in 1994.Marión SánchezGraduates fromHuston-TillotsonUniversityMarión Sánchez received herbachelors degree on May 7th, 2011from Huston-Tillotson Universityin Austin, Texas. Sánchez, who isfrom Caracas, Venezuela, was oneof a few top ranking graduates whoparticipated in commencementcermonies.She began her career as anAustin broadcast personality forKELG radio station hosting acommunity relations programentitled “La Papa Caliente,” whichaddressed and analyzed issuesaffecting the Hispanic Community.She also served as creative director,copywriter and sales director beforehelping create and launch “LaRevista” magazine for KELG in1987.In the fall of 1989, she establishedEstilo Communications and hasdeveloped numerous advertisingand public relations campaignsthroughout Texas for a variety ofclients. She has received awards forcommunity and professional work,including Business Women of theYear, Certificate of Appreciation bythe General Council of Mexico, andEstrella Level to the ReformaNational Conference, amongothers.Altogether, Marión has more than25 years of communicationsexperience in creative design, publicrelations, community outreach andspecial event planning. currentlyworking toward a Master of ScienceAlex Perez NamedNew Chief of PublicRelations for AISDAISD Superintendent MeriaCarstarphen has named Alejandro(Alex) Sanchez as the AustinIndependent School District’sDirector of Public Relations andMulticultural Outreach.Mr. Sanchez was formerly theDirector of Communications forDenver Public Schools. Two yearsago, he assumed the role of Directorof Multicultural Outreach for DenverPublic Schools, launching aninnovative new office to betterconnect with non-English speakingcommunities through the use oflinguistically and culturally effectivecommunication strategies, includingan award-winning radio show for theSpanish-speaking community.Mr. Sanchez will officially start inAustin on July 1, but plans areunderway, working with the DenverPublic School District, to make aneffective transition beginningimmediately. ”I am looking forwardto coming to Austin and workingwith AISD staff, students, andparents, as well as the Austincommunity as a whole, to promotea great school district that’s gettingeven better,” Sanchez said. “This isa terrific community, and I’mdelighted to join it.”Sanchez earned his A.A. fromColorado Mountain College and aB.S. from Colorado StateUniversity.Ramiro “Snowball”De La Cruz PassesAway in the ValleyRamiro “Snowball” de la Cruzwent to sing with the Lord on May20, 2011 in McAllen, Texas.Ramiro de la Cruz was born onApril 14, 1943, the second of twelvechildren and was raised in El BarrioLa Paloma of South McAllen. Hewas given the nickname “Snowball”by a fellow musician because of hisalbinism. He was also known as “ElGuero Polvos”. He graduated fromMcAllen High School and attendedPan American University.Snowball is revered by the Tejanomusic community for histrendsetting guitar playing andmusical arrangements. Snowballwas part of many successful Tejanomusic bands, the first being a localband known as the Personalities.Then Snowball joined LosFabulosos 4 and later graduated toLos Unicos. He also establishedSnowball and Company withfamed singer Laura Canales. Morerecently he was singing as a soloistand as a part of a Christian musicalgroup known as Los Mensajerosde Cristo with whom he recordedhis final album.In 2002 Ramiro “Snowball” dela Cruz along with his bandmatesfrom “Los Fabulosos 4 and LosUnicos were inducted into theTejano Roots Hall of Fame. Hewas a true icon and a dedicatedchampion for Tejano music and “LaOnda”. He was a beloved husband,father, grandfather, and friend. Hecould always be heard playing hisguitar and singing at familygatherings. Snowball shared hislove of music with his children, someof which are musicians themselves.
PRODUCTIONEditor & PublisherAlfredo Santos c/sManaging EditorsYleana SantosKaitlyn TheissGraphicsJuan GalloDistributionTom El Team HerreraContributing WritersGregory MoralesDesaray Wayne GarzaHector Monica Tijerina PeñaFranco Marisa Martinez CanoPUBLISHER’SSTATEMENTLa Voz de Austin is a monthlypublication. The editorial andbusiness address is P.O. Box19457 Austin, Texas 78760.The telephone number is(512) 944-4123. The use, reproductionor distribution ofany or part of this publicationis strongly encouraged. But docall and let us know what youare using. Letters to the editorare most welcome.Por cualquierpregunta,llamanos:291-9060944-4123La Voz de Austin - June, 2011Whose View of the FutureAre We Talking About?On June 4th, 2011, I went to a rallyat the Texas State Capitol to helpcall attention to the fact that publiceducation is under attack in Texas.As I stood in the rotunda of the Capitolshouting slogans and singing amodified version of the Eyes of TexasAre Upon You, I notice a little girlwith her mother who was also singing.When the crowd broke intochants and punctuated the air withtheir fists for emphasis, this little girl,in her uncoordinated manner, did thesame. She really seemed to be enjoyingherself. I scanned the crowdand saw other young protesters withtheir parents who were also shoutingand singing.Allen Weeks, the organizer of theSave Texas Schools movement andthe rally inside the capitol, calledpeople forward to share their concernsabout education. After a coupleof adults spoke, the little girl that hadbeen chanting raised her hand. Allencalled her to the center and in thewords of an innocent 10 year oldchild, she shared, in a calm voice,her concerns for school, as well aswhy she wanted her teachers to comeback.This little girl did not understand thecomplexities of what politicians do,nor she did not try to explain processesor connect the dots. Instead,she told everyone how she felt. Shesimply shared her feelings about herschool and her teachers.This little girl spoke from the heartand spoke volumes to why a goodpublic school is essential for her developmentand hopes of what tomorrowmight bring.As I absorbed the moment alongwith all the other adults present, I realizedthat the debate about publiceducation is not really about money.It’s not about funding formulas andequity issues. I believe the currentdebate regarding public schools hasto do with how one sees the future.There are those elected officials whohave read the latest Census figures,studied the bar graphs and charts andthen slowly closed the report. Thesesame elected officials have taken alook around the state and noticedthere sure are a lot of students inschool with last names like, Avalos,Cotera, Hernandez, Pulido, andZuniga.The question that drives some ofthese elected officials who like to invokea Tea Party allegience to fiscalausterity, is whether or not they wantto help educate people who don’tlook like them. It’s not that complicated.As the state turns increasinglyBrown, there are those who are becomingincreasingly worried aboutwhat the future will look like.Add to this, the sensationalism fromthe folks at FOX television whoshowcase the many ingenious waysdesperate people find to get around,over or under a multi-million dollarfence on the border, and the politiciansare swamped with telephonecalls from constitutes who feel theyare being invaded(Pass theguacamole, please).There was a time in Texas whenMexican kids went to Mexicanschools, Black kids went to blackschools and Anglo kids went to the“regular schools.”When you step back and take a lookat how Texas has changed or beenforced to change over the years? Theschool house has often times servedas the battleground for these issues.In the 1960s and 70s, students andparents who wanted improvementsin the public schools staged massivewalkouts. Some lasted two days andsome lasted two weeks. Some, likethe 1969 Crystal City ISD walkout,lasted four weeks.Where as, the 1970Uvalde CISD walkout lasted sixweeks.But it was the walkout/boycott inSan Angelo, Texas, done by MexicanAmerican parents who wantedtheir kids to go to school with theAnglo kids, that lasted the longest.The school board told the parentsthat they would build them their ownbrand new schools. The parents saidno, because they wanted their kidsto go to school with the kids who hadlast names like, Taylor, Moore,Smith and Jones.The local school board denied theirdemand and as a result, the parentskept their kids out of school for fouryears! For four years the parents heldfirm. What year did this take place?1910.For more than 100 years, thestruggle to get a good education hasbeen an on going battle in Texas.Yes, there have even been lawsuits.In 1930, Mexican American parentsin Del Rio, Texas went to court overthe two rooms that were to be the“Mexican school.” In 1948, inBastrop, Texas, parents went tocourt over segregated campuses withminimal facilities and a curriculumthat was limited to vocational training.Alfredo R. Santos c/sEditor & PublisherPage 3Time and time again, parents havehad to stand up to defend theirchildren from those who understandthat once you allow a child to becomeeducated, you cannot takeaway that knowledge, or the wisdomthat comes along with it. You cannotuneducate a person who has learnedhow to read, who has learned howto think for themselves and who haslearned how to question authority.Today, much like the way the parentsin San Angelo, Texas believedthat the doctrine of “separate butequal” was not right, parents arefinding out that a majority of Texaslaw makers are not only trying tochange the essence of the publicschools, but that they want to do itwithout even a public debate. Thesepoliticians have a very different viewabout the future and who should bea part of it.Back to the rotunda: the other thingI heard people discussing at the rallywas how, for many of them, it wasthe first time they had ever come toAustin to sing and shout and protest.A few said they never knew theycould carry out this kind of activity.But what the politicians should reallybe worried about, are thosepeople who said they actually likedthe feeling of being in the TexasState Capitol and having theirvoices heard.Virginia Raymondinfo@texasafterviolence.org