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Title:
Willie Velasquez : your vote is your voice
Author:
Velázquez, Willie.
Publication Information:
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2016]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approx. 54 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Political empowerment for Latinos in the United States has always been difficult. A Mexican-American butcher's son from Texas, Willie Velasquez questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city's government, propelling him into a lifelong battle to gain political equality for Latinos. This documentary examines obstacles Latinos had to overcome to obtain representation, and addresses issues facing Latinos today.
General Note:
Title from title screen.

Running time on container approx. 60 min. Actual running time approx. 54 min.

Wide screen 16x9.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rating: TV-PG.
ISBN:
9781627899123
UPC:
841887030502
Format :
DVD

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Political empowerment for Latinos in the United States has always been difficult. A Mexican-American butcher's son from Texas, Willie Velasquez questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city's government, propelling him into a lifelong battle to gain political equality for Latinos. This documentary examines obstacles Latinos had to overcome to obtain representation, and addresses issues facing Latinos today.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-A compelling documentary focusing on William (Willie) Velasquez (1944-88), social activist and founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. It chronicles his role as a door-to-door organizer for the Latinx community in its struggle to gain basic human rights and a political voice and his posthumous receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1995. Interviews, photos, and video footage weave together the historical threads of the oppression and violence to which Mexican Americans have been subjected, with a depth generally absent from middle and high school materials. The effects of Velasquez's dedication to his community base can be seen in national politics today. -VERDICT This captivating film introduces students to the reality of the underbelly of U.S. politics as experienced by Latinxs over time and promotes critical thinking and inquiry about past and present forms of gerrymandering and oppression.-Ruth E. Quiroa, National Louis University, Lisle, IL © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.