Author: Isa Fernandez

Integrating Immigrants & Keeping Chicano Activism Alive

Academia América By Isa Fernández Academia América is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2008 by community activists Mario Compéan and Francisco “Pancho” Gonzalez in order to help “promote the social integration of immigrants and keep alive tradition of Chicano activism in the community.” They provide competitive, nonexploitive immigration services to individuals seeking citizenship classes and case-by-case, will provide discounts to the already lower than standard cost of services. Academia América is an extension of the original mission of the Mexican American Youth Organization (known as MAYO, formed in the late 60s by St. Mary’s University students including Compéan). MAYO was pivotal in leading the 1968 Edgewood High School walkouts which led San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973), a Supreme Court case focused on edu- cation inequality and later, the formation of the political party La Raza Unida, which became prominent in Texas and California in the early 70s. In fact, Compéan ran for Texas Governor in 1978 as the La Raza Unida Party candidate. All initiatives, including his candidacy for governor, were endeavors envisioned to help “undo the racial discrimination that had existed over time…the way our people have been subjected to (racism) over time by institutions and individuals.” Compéan has spent his professional life supporting Chicano initiatives, serving as National Co-Chair of the Chicano Latino Conference on Immigration and Public Policy during the Carter...

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Edgewood High School Walkouts of ‘68

By Isa Fernández Isa Fernández, MPA is a Legacy Corridor Business Alliance Program Manager at Westside Development Corporation, a freelance photographer and peace and justice advocate. The time was set for nearly 3,000 Edgewood High School students – 9:20 AM on Thurs- day, May 16th, 1968. After months of planning, students would finally walk out of classes to protest the glaring inequalities of the public education system and gain national recognition by arguing public education inequities (due to how Texas public schools are funded in part by property taxes) were robbing them of their future by paving the way...

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Dreamonoids Westside HI-FI Speaker Shop

Dr. Joey Lopez, a San Antonio native, received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in New Media, a specialized Act Lab program headed by Sandy Stone, who is well known for being one of the founders of Transgender Studies, a sound recording engineer who memorably worked with Jimi Hendrix, and a former employee of Bell Labs, which was akin in the 50s what Google is today. The core tenants of the Act Lab program were to “make stuff, take risks and be awesome” said Lopez. Lopez took that attitude to the University of...

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Minorities Dominate Small Business Seven Steps to Improve Your Business

Minorities will account for 1 in 2 of every American by 2050 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau). There are more minorities in this country today than there were people in the United States in 1910. In fact, the minority population in the U.S. is larger than the total population of all but 11 countries (Louis Kincannon: Census Bureau Director, 2007). It has an estimated buying power of about $2.5 trillion in 2009, larger than the purchasing power of all but five countries worldwide in 2009, including the United Kingdom ($2.1 trillion), Russia ($2.1 trillion), and France ($2.1 trillion) (Source: Minority...

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