Huizar, Genevieve

Activist; anti-police brutality





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ID 10
Title An oral history with Genevieve Huizar
Date 2013-10-26
OH ID OH 5348
Citation Genevieve Huizar interviewed by Carie Rael, October 26, 2013, Santa Ana, California, Oral History #5348, transcript, Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Santa Ana, CA
Language English
Subjects Activism
Activism → Anti-Police Brutality Activism
Community Organizations → Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER L.A.)
Direct Action
Direct Action → Marches
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → in Neighborhoods → Anna Drive, Anaheim, California
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation → at School → Spanish
Police and Law Enforcement → Gang injunctions
Elections → Electoral Districts
Elections → Redistricting
Activism → Family-related
Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Divorce
Family → Divorce → Single Parent Home
Family → Parenting
Family → Parenting → Motherhood
Media → Internet
Media → Social Media → YouTube
Police and Law Enforcement
Police and Law Enforcement → Police Harrassment
Police and Law Enforcement → Police Department
Police and Law Enforcement → Police Department → Santa Ana Police Department
Police and Law Enforcement → Police Training
Police and Law Enforcement → Police Training → Officer Bill of Rights
Religion → Christianity
Religion → Spirituality
Women's Organizations
Women's Organizations → Women Organized to Resist and Defend (WORD)


An oral history with Genevieve Huizar collected for an oral history project for Dr. Fousekis’ History 492A oral history course and part of the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project. The purpose of this interview is to understand how mother’s joined grassroots movements. Specifically, this interview looks at how the identity of motherhood served as a catalyst for activism. This interview covers Mrs. Huizar’s childhood and growing up Latina in Riverside and Orange County; talks about when her son, Manuel Diaz, was shot by police in Anaheim, California; shares about her experiences with governmental entities in Anaheim including: the city council and police department; talks about founding of the Young Survivors Legacy Support group; reflects on how her family has coped with the loss of their brother/uncle; comments on how she became an activist and describes rallies and protests she participated in including statewide rally on October 22, 2012; explains how awareness of her son’s death has impacted use of force by police in local communities; speaks about changes she’d like to see in the police force; describes the influence activism has had on her personal life; why she doesn’t consider herself a feminist; and finally, shares how others should work to end police brutality.


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Description> Genevieve Huizar stands in front of her son’s memorial in Anaheim, CA.