The Mexican community has always had three things, Chief Judge Ruben Castillo shares: “courage, vision, y ganas.” Telling the story of his father’s migration to the United States―a 13-year-old leaving behind everything he has ever known, accepting nothing more than the promise of a better life―and the impact of his father’s drive on his own success.
In telling his father’s story, Chief Judge Castillo intertwines little-heard stories of the contributions and incredible sacrifice of other Mexicans and Mexican Americans, including military and law enforcement in service of the US, even...
Every day we see new goods marketed specifically for the Mexican consumer base. Mexicans in the United States are absolutely overrepresented in media consumption. Unfortunately, Mexicans are still underrepresented in perhaps the most important area of American life – the political process.
In this talk Mary Castro offers potential reasons for this gap and explores what can be done to ensure that the voice of the Mexican community is heard by those in Washington.
The son of Mexican immigrants, Marty was the first in his family...
Jorge Valdivia explores parallels between the marriage equality movement and the history of the Mexican immigrant community in the United States--two groups that continue to fight for political and social equality.
Jorge emphasizes the importance of controlling the way our story is told. Whether we achieve this through media portrayal, watchdog groups like GLAD, or the formation of allies from other communities, Jorge maintains that the first step is having the confidence to speak for ourselves.
Latino LGBTQ Activist
A native of Chicago’s...
Political strategists everywhere are looking for ways to increase political participation of Latinos in the United States--the greatest proportion of which are Mexican. Lucky for us, Larry Gonzalez has summed it up in one simple equation:
Information + Invitation = Participation
Gonzalez elaborates on this, as well as other ways of increasing the Mexican vote, and discusses the potential implications if every Mexican voted.
Born and raised in Chicago, Larry’s career in politics has spanned campaign organizing, political...
Belonging to one of the oldest Mexican families in Chicago, Marty Castro’s personal stories resonate with almost every immigrant family; from those who have been here a hundred years to those who have just arrived.
In this talk, Marty discusses what it means to be a Mexican-American, a group whose identity is often misunderstood. Marty challenges the notion that immigrants are here for a “free ride,” and highlights the integral role of Mexican immigrants in U.S. society.
Martin R. Castro
The son of Mexican immigrants, Marty was the first...