Tag Archives: Mexican-American

MALDEF National President Thomas Saenz

November 8, 2019 – Thomas Saenz is the national president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and its general counsel. Saenz has been a key figure in the Martínez/Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit, the case that is forcing the state to improve the education it provides for certain groups of students. Recently, both groups of plaintiffs asked the court to set more strict deadlines for the state to prove it is making progress. Correspondent Russell Contreras speaks with Saenz about what’s ahead in the case and why MALDEF, established more than 50 years ago, is still needed today. 

Thomas Saenz, MALDEF national president 

For Further Reading:

MALDEF | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 

New Yazzie court filings seek more action on educationNew Mexico In Depth 


Photographer Maria Varela Reflects On Her Work Covering The Civil Rights Movement

NMiF: Maria Varela

November 24, 2017 - Mexican-American photographer Maria Varela was present at some of the most dramatic moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

She captured images of voting rights demonstrations in Alabama and efforts to create Head Start programs in poor, rural areas of the American South. The Albuquerque resident's work was the subject of photography exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago last spring, where 28 pieces were shown to the public

Russell Contreras sat down with Varela in May to discuss her role with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and her work as a photographer in the Civil Rights Movement.

Further reading:
Time to Get Ready: Fotografía Social
PBS: Black Culture Connection