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Headshot of speaker Deborah Blanche dressed as Emma Tenayuca.

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Presented by Deborah Blanche
Meet Ms. Tenayuca in 1973 when she was nominated to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. As she remembers her days as a young activist and leader in the Workers’ Alliance, you will be taken back to 1934-1939 when she was organizing picket lines for the Mexican women who worked as pecan shellers, giving interviews to reporters, speaking from the steps of City Hall and commenting on her so-called “commie” activities and subsequent arrests. Emma became the best known labor organizer of San Antonio’s Spanish speaking community and was dubbed by newspapers “La pasionara” for her impassioned speaking style. Emma’s story resounds with topics of contemporary concern: borderlands immigration; labor and economic justice; the right to dissent vs. mob and police violence.

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