Guadalupe "Tish" Leon interviewed by Janelle Vannoy, October 15, 2014, Santa Ana California, Oral History#5461.1, transcript, Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Publice History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Tish Leon, feminist, activist, and co-president of OC NOW. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Leon’s activism and work with local grassroots organizations. Specifically, this interview talks about Leon’s childhood in San Diego and the challenges of growing up as a first-generation American; shares how her parents influenced her activism; describes what job opportunities were actively available for women of her generation; talks about experiencing sexual harassment and gender related discrimination o; describes her involvement with NOW [National Organization of Women] including: their commitment to current issues facing women today and interaction between local chapters vs. national organization; explains why it’s important to recruit younger members; describes NOW’s involvement in the fight against human trafficking; talks about her work with Chicanos Amigos and why they oppose local gang injunctions; comments on challenges of balancing her politics with activism; defines Chicano vs. Latino; describes her leadership style and how men and women lead differently; shares what local issues motivate her activism including helping a group of mothers advocate with law enforcement to find their daughters abducted from Santa Ana; challenges of working with the local government; describes the benefits of the sunshine ordinance; defines feminism; speaks about how to inspire passion for women’s rights in younger generations, describes what she values most about being a feminist and activist; and finally, explains why she’ll always be an activist. Bulk Dates: 1978-2015. Keywords:
Guadalupe "Tish" Leon interviewed by Jael Muller, June 9, 2015, Santa Ana California, Oral History#5461.2, transcript, Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Publice History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history with Guadalupe “Tish” Leon an Orange County activist. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. The purpose of this interview is to shed light on the role of Latina women involved as activist or political leaders in Orange County. Specifically, the interview talks about her involvement with Latino Health Access (LHA) including: how the organization was founded, her relationship with America Bracho, and employment as executive assistant and HR manager; describes her work with the Mexican American National Women’s Association (MANA); explains why she joined the National Organization of Women (NOW) and path to becoming vice president; speaks about her involvement with the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission and how this work made her a better activist; talks about her work at the Public Law Center including fighting gang injunctions in Santa Ana, California; comments on her appointment to the Community Redevelopment and Housing Commission in 2014 and involvement in local redevelopment projects; and finally, shares about her work with the Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development (SACReD) and achievement of the Sunshine Ordinance in 2012. Bulk Dates: 1996-2015.
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