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Document Details


Title: Berriozabal, Maria
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of Texas, Arlington. Central Library. Special Collections Department
Collection: Tejano Voices: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies Oral History Project
Description: Berriozabal talks about her family history and genealogy (the Arredondos and the Rodríguezes). She gives details about her political activities while employed as a legal secretary to Judge Blair Reeves who supported her involvement with the Chicano movement in South Texas, and her active role in Raza Unida Party politics. Berriozabal tells about her first professional position as Manager of the 1980 Census office in San Antonio. She gives details about the politics involved with census work and census data applications. She elaborates upon the details of her work as a politician including how she organized, managed, and raised funds for her elections. Berriozabal talks candidly about problems she encountered in San Antonio city politics during her term as council member and her unsuccessful bid for mayor. She tells about threats against her life and members of her family for her assertive stance opposing big business led programs such as the Whitewater Project. She laments that some Mexican American politicians used questionable campaign tactics to oppose her during her election bids for mayor. She gives her opinion of former San Antonio mayor, Henry Cisneros, and compares the differences in political styles between the two of them. Berriozabal concludes the interview by stating that she hopes her legacy will be her work with mentoring young Mexican American women in leadership roles.
Extent: 124 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_033.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1996 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Berriozabal, Maria Antonietta, 1941-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1941
Speaker place of birth: Laredo, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 55
Document location: San Antonio, TX
Document date: 16-Jul-1996
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX
Locations discussed: Asia; Beijing Shi, China; Beijing, Beijing Shi, China; China; North America; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Beijing Shi, China; Beijing, Beijing Shi, China; China; City council members; City council members--Texas; Family; Family--History; Hispanic American leadership; Hispanic American politicians; Hispanic American women; Hispanic Americans; La Raza Unida Party, Crystal City, TX; North America; Oral history; Political activists; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; San Antonio, TX; Texas; United States; Women
Topics discussed - Other terms: City politics; Whitewater project
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000185-130