Corpeño, Xiomara

Former Director of Community Education at Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles





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ID 167
Title An oral history with Xiomara Corpeño
Date 2014-10-15
OH ID OH 5463
Citation Xiomara Corpeño interviewed by Jael Mueller, October 15, 2014, Los Angeles, California, Oral History # 5463, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Parents
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Historic Periods → 1960s
Locations → El Salvador
Citizenship → Immigration
Family → Childhood Experiences
Historic Periods → 1980s
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → at School
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → in Neighborhoods
Education → Early Childhood Education
Education → English as a Second Language (ESL)
Citizenship → Immigration → Assimilation
Entertainment and Culture → Latina/o Culture and Identity
Elections → Propositions → Proposition 187
Citizenship → Immigration laws/legislation
Historic Periods → 1990s
Family → Values
Family → Children
Family → Role Models
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Labor Organizing
Community Organizations → Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Direct Action → Marches → May Day March
Labor Organizing → Unfair Wages
Citizenship → Immigration Rights Movement
Citizenship → Immigration Reform
Ideology → Feminism
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Locations → Los Angeles, California
Police and Law Enforcement → ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
Locations → Koreatown, Los Angeles, California
Latino/a → People → Salas, Angelica


An oral history with Xiomara Corpeño, Director of Community Education at CHIRLA [Coalition of Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles]. This interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project at California State University, Fullerton, and as part of Natalie Fousekis’ History 493A course. The interview discusses Corpeño’s work as a political activist within worker’s rights and immigration reform movements. Specifically, her work with CHIRLA and other grassroots organizations, such as SCOPE/AGENDA [Strategic Concepts for Organizing for Power and Education] and HERE Local 11; discusses her childhood in Los Angeles, adversities she faced as the daughter of Salvadorian immigrants, which inspired her to fight for equality; shares activist college experiences at UC Riverside and Universidad del El Salvador; speaks about inequalities in the political system that contribute to the conditions of immigrants; discusses her role within, and current issues faced by CHIRLA; talks about gender roles within activism; the definition of feminism and the effects of being mother and organizer; mentions economic disparity and why social justice is important; shares advice for those wanting to be involved; and finally, discusses her legacy and how she would like to be remembered.


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