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Document Details


Title: Davila, Diana
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: Dávila gives details about Mexican American student life at Ivy league schools such as Harvard University. Dávila talks about the importance of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus in Texas politics and to the Mexican American community. She explains why she developed an interest in Texas politics and how her experience as a legislative aide to Representative Roman Martínez led her to decide to run for public office. Dávila elaborates upon the political processes and internal politics of the Texas Legislature and she describes political and attitudinal difficulties she faced as a woman and as a Mexican American with other White and Mexican American politicians who sought to undermine her activities and political proposals. She explains how the political process of getting a bill through the legislature is different from the operational reality of how that is accomplished. She addresses the issue of women in politics and gives her ideas comparing women with male politicians and leaders. Dávila describes her political campaigns and how they were managed and financed. She elaborates upon some of the key issues current in the legislature at that time such as legislative redistricting, child health care issues, public school finance, and educational equity. Dávila laments the negative backlash the Mexican American community experiences following the notoriety of prominent Mexican Americans who have fallen into legal trouble. She describes intra-group rivalries between individual Mexican American politicians in Texas and tells how it works against accomplishing anything positive for the community. She concludes the interview by expressing her hope that the Mexican American community will become empowered through electoral participation and will find political strength by standing together for change.
Extent: 103 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_094.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Davila, Diana
Speaker gender: Female
Document location: Houston, TX
Document date: 13-Jun-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Texas. State Legislature
Locations discussed: Cambridge, MA; Houston, TX; Massachusetts; North America; Texas; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Anthropology; Cambridge, MA; Education; Education, Higher; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic American women; Hispanic Americans; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Houston, TX; Legislative bodies--United States; Massachusetts; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Political science; Politicians; Texas; Texas. State Legislature; Texas--Politics and government; United States
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000196-141