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Document Details


Title: Rodriguez-Mendoza, Amalia
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: Rodríguez-Mendoza discusses her days as a student at the University of Texas at Austin and her involvement in the creation of UT MAYO (Mexican American Youth Organization), the campaign for its presidency, and her work as its vice-president. She also tells of her support for Gonzalo Barrientos, including managing his campus campaign. Rodríguez-Mendoza recounts her early work history, especially her work with the Mexican American Catholic Alliance, with SER (Service, Employment and Rehabilitation), and as director of voter registration in Travis County. She recalls her interview and hiring for the latter position, Bill Aleshire's role therein, and the support she received from him on the job. Rodríguez-Mendoza describes her first race for Travis County District Clerk, her political base, the election results, and her campaign and its funding. She explains the structure and functions of the District Clerk's office and highlights her achievements during her first term. She comments on the then upcoming race for re-election, providing some information about her opponent and her opinion of the possible effects on election results of the influx of people to Austin. Rodríguez-Mendoza describes the Texas grand jury and Travis County jury systems, as well as her role the consolidation of jury selection in the county. She briefly addresses her hopes to someday run for statewide office and her preparations for doing so. She also recollects her long-term friendship with and support for former Texas governor Ann Richards.
Extent: 45 pages
URL: http://libraries.uta.edu/tejanovoices/transcripts/TV_126.html
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Time span: Not indicated ... to 1998 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Rodriguez-Mendoza, Amalia, 1946-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 17-Feb-1946
Speaker place of birth: Del Rio, TX; Texas; United States; North America
Age at speaking: 52
Document location: Austin, TX
Document date: 08-Feb-1998
Interviewer: Gutierrez, Jose Angel
Organizations discussed: Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; Project SER, San Antonio, TX; University of Texas, Austin, TX
Locations discussed: Del Rio, TX; North America; Texas; Travis County, TX; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: College students; Del Rio, TX; Hispanic American leadership--Texas; Hispanic Americans--Texas; Law--Texas; Mexican American Youth Organization, San Antonio, TX; North America; Oral history; Political campaigns--Texas; Project SER, San Antonio, TX; Texas; Texas--Politics and government; Travis County, TX; United States; Universities and colleges; University of Texas, Austin, TX
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0000239-184