PRESS RELEASE from the office of State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2013
Contact: 512-463-0106

SENATOR SYLVIA R. GARCIA TO PRESENT STATEWIDE RESOLUTION HONORING THE LATE GUS GARCIA AND THE LEGACY OF TEXAS v. HERNANDEZ

On Saturday, July 27, 2013 Senator Sylvia R. Garcia will give a Statewide Resolution passed by the Texas Senate for the first annual Gus Garcia Day. Gus Garcia (July 27, 1915 - June 3, 1964) argued the Supreme Court case, "Hernandez v. Texas" that resulted in Mexican Americans becoming a protected class under the 14th Amendment and set a vital precedent for the Civil Rights of all Latinos and minorities. Gus Garcia, though rarely discussed in history text books, set the precedent for Latino civil rights litigation that eventually resulted in organizations, such as LULAC and MALDEF that still fight for Latino rights in courts across the nation.

Senator Sylvia Garcia added, "Now more than ever, it is important to honor our past leaders and remember the struggles for equality, so that we can be ever more vigilant in the attacks against the gains we've made."

WHO: Senator Garcia, Tony Diaz, leader of the Librotraficante Movement, and other community leaders from Houston and the State

WHAT: Screening of documentary "A Class Apart" that chronicles the life of Gus Garcia and the Supreme Court Case Texas v Hernandez followed by Proclamation of Gus Garcia Day and discussion.

When: July 27, 2013 at 3 P.M.-5 P.M.

Where: Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 S. Jensen, Houston, TX 77002

Why: State Senator R. Garcia felt it was important to hold this screening and discussion due to attacks on ethnic studies programs in Texas and the Southwest Region including the Governor's line-item veto of the Mexican American studies programs in the budget.

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