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Julian Castro

Julian Castro (born September 16, 1974) is an American politician who became the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on July 28, 2014. . He was elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas, in 2009 at age 32, and was re-elected in 2011 with over 82 percent of the vote.

His mother is famous in the Chicano community. Castro is the son of Maria "Rosie" Castro, a Chicano political activist who helped establish the Chicano political party La Raza Unida in the 1970s. in 1971, at the age of 23, Rosie Castro unsuccessfully ran for the San Antonio City Council.[1]

He is the identical twin brother of Joaquin Castro. Their father, schoolteacher Jesse Guzman, had once served as the director of Colegio Jacinto Trevino, founded in the height of the movement for and by Chicanos.[2]

In 2019 Julian Castro ran for US president.

Julian Castro 2020 presidential campaign

MEChA convention

Julian Castro, a 2020 presidential candidate, appealed to Hispanic high school and university students February 2019, encouraging those who would be of age by the election to vote for him.

He spoke at the 24th annual MEChA — a Spanish acronym for Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan — High School Leadership conference at the University of Utah.


"I'm running for president today because I believe that it's time for new energy, new leadership," Castro told the around 400 high school students in the crowd.

Castro, 44, joked people might confuse him with his identical twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, who recently sponsored the House bill to override President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration.

In his speech, Castro outlined key issues important to him and said if elected, he would make America the "smartest, healthiest, fairest and most prosperous" nation in the world.

In order to become the "smartest" nation, he said more resources need to be invested in education. Creating universal pre-K education, improving public schools and offering tuition-free universal higher education are a few of the issues he said he planned to address if elected.

Turning the U.S. into the "healthiest" nation would take reforming the health care system and providing Medicare for "all people in this country," he explained.

Reforming the justice system is one step to becoming the "fairest" nation, he said.

"No matter what color your skin is, or how much money you have, you are innocent until proven guilty," he said to a cheering crowd. "I want a country where … you can feel safe in your community."

Immigration reform is another step toward becoming fair, he emphasized.

"We should not be taking little children from their mothers and their fathers and detaining them," he said. "We need to end family detention."

As for "most prosperous" nation, he said creating affordable housing and raising the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour is what's necessary.

Another issue he touched on was climate change, saying the first executive order he would sign if elected would be to recommit the U.S. to the Paris climate accord.

During the Q&A portion of the presentation, Carlos Padilla, senior at Judge Memorial Catholic High School, asked Castro how he would raise the minimum wage without hurting the economy, causing inflation and increasing prices.

In his answer, Castro disagreed that raising the minimum wage would hurt the economy and instead said he believed it could be raised in a nondestructive way over time. He also noted he would create a comprehensive plan and reform tax code, but didn't go into further detail.

Another focus of Castro's speech was to offer perspective and advice to high school students, something Valeria Escobar, sophomore at the U. and officer for the university's chapter of MEChA, said is important.

"A lot of high school students are a little lacking in the motivation that they need in order to succeed," Escobar said. "It's not so often that you get to see someone that shares the same traditions as you to be able to represent something, especially in a political stance."[3]

Muslim Left connections

ISNA convention

In Houston August 2019, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro braced for an armed far-right protest and a counter-demonstration.

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The 56th Islamic Society of North America (Isna) convention was billed as one of the largest yearly events held by Muslim American advocacy groups. Castro and Sanders were slated to take the stage for one-on-one presidential forums. Organizers estimated around 30,000 would attend the three-day event.

“We are really happy [Castro and Sanders] are coming in to address our community,” Lubabah Abdullah, an Isna board member, told the Guardian. “We’ve recently realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc, if we do go out and register and actually show up to vote.”

In the 2018 midterm elections, Muslim Americans in four key states – Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia – showed up to the ballot box at a rate of 25% higher than the 2014 midterms, according to a study by the advocacy group Emgage.

Abdullah, also executive director of CAIR - Houston, said organizers of the convention had worked closely with local and federal law enforcement.

“Unfortunately [anti-Muslim sentiment] has become the norm … and unfortunately we’ve seen a dramatic rise in hate crimes and Islamophobia,” she said.

Liza Acevedo, deputy press secretary for Castro, told the Guardian American Muslims “play a critical role in shaping our nation’s culture, economy and political process”.

“At a time when our president continually scapegoats and vilifies the Islamic faith for political gain, candidates should show up and speak directly to these communities about their plans to support them in the years ahead,” she added.

In the weeks leading up to the convention, the Texas Patriot Network and local radio host James “Doc” Greene called for a demonstration against what it claimed was evidence of collusion between “leftists” and the “Muslim Brotherhood”, according to a now-defunct Facebook page.

In response to Saturday’s anti-Muslim rally, civil rights groups, anti-racist organizations and anti-fascist activists announced a counter-protest. The coalition included the Houston Socialist Movement (HSM), the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha (Fiel), among others.

The counter-demonstrators hoped to “out-shout” their counterparts, said David Michael Smith of HSM.

“This is nothing but racism and religious bigotry on the part of the fascists,” he told the Guardian. “Beyond that, we don’t think fascists should have a platform … so we’d like to basically drive them off the streets on Saturday.”

On the anti-fascist side, a handful were armed with rifles and some wore masks.

“No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here,” they chanted.

Falko Mueller, an activist with Houston United Front Against Fascism, said the demonstration was a “show of solidarity”.

“I’m not Muslim, but I’m here to stand with people under attack,” he said.[4]

Addressing the convention Castro and Sanders pledged to overturn Trump's travel ban, which targets several Muslim-majority countries, and vowed to create a vastly more welcoming environment for Muslims in the United States.

"It begins at home by saying that you are full partners in American progress," Castro told thousands of attendees inside the George R. Brown Convention Center. "The fact is, as I know, that Muslim Americans for generations have been part of the fabric of our American family. They have helped make America the great nation it is, and we need to fully embrace it. Too often in our country's history, the message to the Muslim American community has been that somehow you're the enemy or you're the problem, and I completely disagree with that."

Organizers said they invited all presidential candidates, Democrats and Republicans, and only Castro and Sanders came. While Muslim leaders praised their attendance, they also did not mince words about the rest of the field.

"It’s important that the presidential candidates engage American Muslims directly on the issues that matter most to us," Kalia Abiade of the Pillars Fund, a philanthropy group, said in a statement ahead of the convention. "While it’s good to see that two of them are planning to attend ... we need the others to step up if they want our communities’ consideration."

Asked afterward about the light attendance by the 2020 field, Castro would only discuss why he was there, telling reporters he wants to be a president for all Americans and that Muslim Americans are too often "other-ized." Castro commended Sanders, who was standing nearby, "for being here and I know that he has a track record of speaking out on many of the issues that we addressed today."[5]

Immigration rally

Disdain for Arizona's tough new immigration law united an enthusiastic crowd of more than 600 people at the fifth annual May Day march through downtown streets Saturday May 1 2010.

“I know there is tremendous frustration in Arizona about immigration,” Mayor Julian Castro told the crowd. “And in many cases that frustration with federal policies is justified. But that is not an excuse to pass a bad law.”

May Day marches were held across the country, with large crowds gathering in reaction to the Arizona law signed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer that many fear will lead to racial profiling.

Supporters of the law — which requires law enforcement officers to detain and demand proof of citizenship from people they suspect are in the country illegally — cite federal authorities' failure to secure the border.

“If someone sees someone crossing the fence illegally, they should grab them right there and then,” said Antonio Diaz with the Texas Indigenous Council. “But they should not stop all of us. We call it racial profiling, and that should not be allowed under the Constitution.”

While the overwhelming sentiment was outrage at Arizona, the fact the Spurs' next playoff opponent is the Phoenix Suns added a touch of levity to the event. Marchers chanted “Si, se puede,” or “Yes we can,” followed by “Go Spurs Go!”

“It's folks in San Antonio who have an opportunity to do something to those people in Arizona,” Rabbi Barry Block reminded the crowd.

“The strength of our nation is in the men and the women who have come to this country from other parts of the world, from all parts of the world, to build a more perfect union,” Block said. “Let each and every one of us speak out against the injustice being perpetrated in Arizona.”

“I think it's a really, really bad idea,” Police Chief William McManus said before the march. “If a bill like this were to pass (here), crime would go unreported, and it would destroy the relationship that we've worked to build with you and that you've worked to build with us. We don't want to see that happen.”

The parade began with a rally at Milam Park and ended with another outside San Fernando Cathedral after a parade that followed Houston, Alamo and Commerce streets. Before it began, a letter of support from Archbishop Jose Gomez was read.

Concern over Arizona's law wasn't limited to Hispanics.

“It's going to affect anybody who looks any different,” said Sarwat Husain, president of the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “And especially a person like me who has brown skin and an accent.”

Castro noted, “One of the ways we always sell San Antonio is we say that this city is a city where over the centuries people have come from different places, different countries, different cultures, different religions, backgrounds, perspectives — to build up the city that is economically successful.”[6]

TOP connection

TOP selfie


Julian Castro with Michelle Tremillo and Ashindi Maxton.

Houston TOP meeting

Julian Castro attended a Texas Organizing Project meeting in Houston just before the 2018 election. Bernard Sampson was at the same event. Texas Organizing Project PAC November 4, 2018 ·

TOP Delivers 119,000 NEW Midterm Voters


Michelle Tremillo, TOP's executive director, thanks the canvassers who have helped deliver 254,574 early voted in Harris, Dallas and Bexar counties, including 119,000 NEW midterm voters. Michelle was joined by Lina Hidalgo for Harris County Judge and Julian Castro. Our canvassers are still reaching out to voters today, tomorrow and until polls close on Tuesday. They'll knock on 16,000 doors every day! This is how we're going to win real change in Texas!


Communist Party connections

Policing forum with Joe Henry


Julian Castro

Police violence and racial profiling happen in cities across the country. We need big changes to reform the system.

Thanks to @akoabdulsamad, Ako Abdul Samad of CAIR - Iowa, Kameron Middlebrooks of the NAACP, Joe Henry of LULAC, Laurel Clinton and other Des Moines leaders for the discussion on policing.


Julian Castro’s first big round of Iowa Caucus endorsers

As Iowans, we understand the responsibility that comes with being the first in the nation to vote. We want to not only hear where the candidates stand on the issues, but to truly understand how their vision for our country will impact our neighbors and our community. We want to be confident that our nominee has the strength, empathy, passion and experience to deal with the challenges ahead.

Secretary Julian Castro’s vision to make this country the smartest, healthiest, most prosperous, and fairest for all Americans is the real deal.

Growing up in San Antonio, he was raised by a single mother and attended public schools. After graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Julián embarked on public service and became the youngest city council member in his hometown, and then was elected Mayor. In 2014, President Obama nominated him to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Julián’s story is the American Dream. Like so many working families across Iowa, Julián wasn’t given a head start, but through hard work and determination both he and his twin brother, Joaquin, now a U.S. Congressman, have been able to accomplish their dreams.

Julián understands that what matters most to voters is showing up. That’s why he’s sat with and listened to residents in a mobile home park in Waukee, has traveled to rural Tabor and Bartlett to hear how ongoing flooding continues to impact these communities, and shown up in deep-red Steve King country to meet voters in Orange City. Secretary Castro has proven time and again that he will be a president for all Americans — including those whose voices are not being heard in Washington today.

Our job this year couldn’t be more critical —- we must choose a candidate who not only has a vision for the future but also the ability to beat Donald Trump. Julián Castro has shown he can do both. And there is simply too much at stake for our country right now to choose anything less.

For us, there is only one candidate, and we hope you’ll join us and support Julian Castro.


Henry on Castro

Joe Henry, the national vice president for Midwest branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, recognized the need to learn from Sanders’s appeal. He remembers sitting across from Sanders at a cafe in Iowa in 2015, before he announced his candidacy, and thinking “who is going to listen to this grouchy guy?” But then, Sanders started speaking “out of church” and captivated people. Henry says that memory will inform his conversations with prospective candidates like Castro.

“The early candidates need to talk about how our country was built by immigrants,” Henry acknowledged, but the material issues stressed by Sanders shouldn’t come far behind.

“What makes Castro a good candidate is that he has felt, through the Latino community, issues that reflect major concerns for all Americans,” said Henry, whose organization helped register thousands of Hispanic voters in Iowa. “We’re feeling the repercussions of hate, attacks on women and other minority groups, and the fight for good jobs and education. That’s what we’re going to ask him to talk about. Many of our voters supported Bernie Sanders. So, as they say: It’s about the economy, stupid.”[8]

Asian & Latino Coalition 2020

April 15 2019.


Julian Castro with Prakash Kopparapu, Mitch Henry, Joe Henry, Chelsea Chism-Vargas, Amanda Lovan.

Campaign launch

February 7, 2009 a small crowd gathered at the former Stop ‘N Go located at 3003 Broadway across from Lions Field for the grand opening of Julian Castro’s campaign headquarters. The event signaled the true beginning of the grassroots effort to elect Castro mayor in May. At the end of the event volunteers were trained for blockwalking, phone banking and a variety of other campaign tasks critical to any successful grassroots effort.

After a brief round of introductions and speeches, noted organzier Temo Figueroa, formerly of the Obama campaign, took the group through a training session to help organize the effort. Figueroa had been making the rounds of mayoral campaigns in Texas including Austin mayoral candidate Brewster McCracken.

Rep. Charlie Gonzalez MCed the event, State Rep. Joaquin Castro and former city council members Chip Haas, Patti Radle and Art Hall attended.[9]

Jaime Martinez connection

City Council Proclamation by Mayor Julian Castro, Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 5 p.m. City Council Chambers, Municipal Plaza Building. Jaime Martinez, chairman and founder of the 14th annual Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice, will be joined by community leaders and members of the Cesar E. Chavez organizing committee, to accept a special proclamation on behalf of the City of San Antonio.[10]

Claude Black Heroes Gala

The Claude Black Heroes Gala, an event commemorating San Antonio Communist Party USA sympathiser Rev. Claude Black was held at Sunset Station, San Antonio, March 29th 2010. Attendees included Judge Greg Mathis, Host Taj Matthews (grandson of Claude Black), Tommy Calvert, honorees State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, SAEN Columnist Cary Clack, Choco Meza & husband, Danny Meza, & Jeyynne LeBlanc Burley, Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros & Rachel Sakai, Mayor Julian Castro & brother State Rep. Joaquin Castro, Byron Miller & judicial nominee Dinoroh Diaz, former Councilman Art Hall, Adam Zeldes, State Senator Carlos Uresti, Joshua Bailey, Alice Guerra, UTSA Professor Dr. Richard Gambitta & wife, Sherri Gambitta, Sunset Station.[11]

"Hunger in America" symposium

In 1968 CBS News aired "Hunger in America". Forty-five years later, Inner City Development showed the documentary to a packed house at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, D-TX35, attended the showing on March 23, 2013, and addressed the audience, as did Mayor Julian Castro.

The event was organized by Patti Radle and her husband Rod Radle plus Paul Ruiz and Bob Brischetto.

This spring, with the inspiration leadership of Patti and Rod Radle in San Antonio, we re-watched the 45-year-old "Hunger in America," discussing the progress we've made in ‪#‎SanAntonio‬ on fighting hunger and the remaining challenges.[12]

Hunger Free San Antonio began with the work of Patti and Rod Radle, executive directors of Inner City Development. After the showing, many attendees signed up to join a coalition to fight hunger in the San Antonio area.[13]

Backing Radle

Julian Castro weighed in on SAISD elections, in 2011. Trustees Olga Hernandez, Tom Lopez and board President James Howard all had seats up for election in May.

Lopez, the longest-serving board member, said he wasn't concerned by Castro's plan to beef up his involvement in the city's schools, including a “mayor's scorecard” for area districts.

“We're evaluated from all different angles, all different perspectives,” Lopez said.

He was shocked, however, by news that Castro also intends to get involved in school board elections. In the interview, Castro said he would support former Councilwoman Patti Radle should she throw her hat in Lopez's District 5 race.

Radle said that she'd been asked by several community members to consider a run for the seat, and she's doing just that.

“I'm still weighing the situation,” said Radle, who's deeply involved in several nonprofit agencies and a capital campaign. “I have a lot of responsibilities right now.”

Radle said she wasn't concerned by Castro's efforts to become more involved in school board elections.

“The issue of children is not out of the purview of anyone, and the issue of job preparedness should be a concern for everyone,” she said. “So I don't think there has to be a divorce between mayor and council on one hand and the school system on the other.”[14]

Early voting start on Monday, May 2, 2011 for important municipal and school board elections in San Antonio. One school board’s races in particular are drawing some unique attention.

San Antonio’s mayor Julian Castro, was up for re-election. But he made local history by getting involved in other races, throwing his political weight behind certain candidates for the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) board of trustees.

Mayor Julian Castro said the foundering SAISD needed a shakeup on the board of trustees. He lent vocal support to several candidates, including former city councilwoman Patti Radle, up for the district five seat.

“I believe that in this time when SAISD is rated as unacceptable, that she will always keep the best interest of the students in mind,” Castro stated.[15]

Friends of Patti Radle appreciation party

Friends of Patti Radle turned out for Councilwoman Patti Radle for her four years of service to the City. The event was held at Say Si on South Alamo, Tuesday, May 29th, 2007.

Guests included Anita Martin, City Public Works Director Tom Wendorf, former Mayor Bill Thorton, Larry Romo, Patsy Castillo, friend & Cesar Chavez March coordinator Jaime Martinez, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, Anita Reyes & Bud Ford, Alyssa Burgin & Cliff Borofsky, Russell Felan & Julian Castro, Cris Alderete & Joe Alderete, Robert Galvan & Lourdes Galvan.[16]

Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness

After 16 months of meetings and planning, the Mayor's Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness unveiled a 10-year initiative to end chronic homelessness in San Antonio.

The task force, co-chaired by City Council members Patti Radle and Julian Castro, is recommending the city invest in 800 new permanent housing units for people with disabilities; increase access to public restroom facilities; increase enrollment in the food stamp program and expand the San Antonio Food Bank's storage facility.

"The plan will assert the compassionate face of the San Antonio community -- a face that says it is not enough to simply provide more emergency shelters and food," Radle says. "It speaks of a community that says we must provide services that get to the root cause of homelessness and will truly help the homeless to find a way off the street, a way to job, a way to family stability."[17]

HUD post

On May 22, 2014 the White House announced Castro as the nominee to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Barack Obama. He was confirmed by the Senate on July 9, 2014 by a vote of 71-26 and replaced Shaun Donovan, who was nominated to be the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He took office on July 28, 2014 as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.Following the announcement, Castro was discussed as a potential 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. [18]

On July 28, 2014, his first day in office, Castro was honored at a reception called "Celebrating Latino Cabinet Members" hosted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. [19]

Activists Reunion

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Brothers Julian Castro and Joaquin Castro, were both listed as "modelos" in the program booklet of the December 27-30, 1989 Activist Reunion held at San Antonio's St. Anthony's Hotel by former La Raza Unida Party activists, and fellow Chicano radicals.

Local Steering Committee members included Conference Chair Jose Angel Gutierrez, Event Chair Irma Mireles, and General members Rosie Castro, Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez, Chista Cantu, Manuel Reyes, Nephtali De Leon, Carlos Gonzalez.

National Steering Committee members were Ignacio Garcia (AZ), Rodolfo Acuna, John A. Ramirez, Celia Valle (CA), Pete M. Mirelez (CO), Juan Andrade, Jr. (IL), Mario Compean, Francisco Rodriguez (WI), Angel Gonzalez, and Diola Gonzalez, Jose Angel Gutierrez and Gloria Garza, Antiono Stephens and Janie Stephens, Maria Jiminez, Domingo Nick Reyes and Rose Mary Valladolid, Eliseo y Esperanza Solis, Abbie Pina (TX).

Speakers and hosts included Mariano Aguilar, George Velasquez, Ignacio Perez, Mario Cantu, Albert Pena, Jr., Eloy Centeno, Ruben Sandoval, Mario Compean, Jaime Martinez, Nephtali De Leon, Rudy Acuna, Marta Cotera, Jesus Trevino, Antonio Rodriguez, Reies Lopez Tijerina, Nick Kanellos, Virginia Apodacos, Patsy Tijerina, Linda Valdez, Dr. Alicia Salinas Sosa, Armando Gutierrez, Armando Navarro, Ernesto Chacon, Ruben Sandoval, Fito Salina, Alfredo Zamora, Chuy Negrete, Carlos Gonzalez, Fernando Perez Del Rio, Dante Navarro, Francisco Rodriguez, Alfredo Zamora, Abbie Pina, Ruby Calderon, Maria Loisa Comacho de Lopez

"Tales of Foreign Travels: Chicanos in Cuba, Lebanon, Mexico, France, China etc. Abel Cavada, Maria Elena Martinez, Edgar Lozano, Frank Shafer Corona

"Chicano Power rally" - MC Cruz Chavira Speeches: Reies Lopez Tijerina, Maria Jiminez, Jose Angel Gutierrez, Antonio Rodriguez, Bea Molina, Polly Baca

Authors - Angela de Hoyos, Max Martinez, Ines Hernandes Tovar, Evangelina Vigil, Rudy Acuna "Occupied America", Jose Angel Gutierrez "A Gringo Manual"

Peace March - "US Out of El Salvador" - Rev. Virgilio Elizondo

"Daddy, What Did You Do In The Chicano Movement" - Nick Reyes, Joe Bernal, Jorge Bustamante, Mario Compean, Herman Baca, Rogelio Nunez, Angel Noe Gonzalez, Abel Cavada, Salomon Flores

"Mommy, What Did You Do In The Chicano Movement" - Virginia Apodaca, Rose Mary Valladolid, Virginia Musquiz, Severita Lara, Elvirita de la Fuente

"The Chicano Movement in Hindsight" - Armando Navarro, Justino Balderrama, Dennis Valdez, Jorge Bustamante, Cleo Molina, Rudy Acuna

Banquet: "A Tribute to to Las Mujeres del Movimiento" Guest of Honor Emma Tenayuca, introduction by Rudy Acuna. Keynote Rosie Castro, introduction by Irma Mireles. Mistress of ceremony, Marta Tijerina Ramirez. Honorees Dolores Huerta, Inez Tovar, Maria Elena Martinez, Irma Mireles, Lupe Anguiano, Ninfa Krueger, Bea Molina, Luz Bazan Gutierrez, Evey Chapa, Betita Martinez, Rebecca Flores Harrington, Virginia Apodaca, Viviana Santiago, Cleo Molina, Marta Cotera, Patricia Tijerina, Abbie Pina, Lali Moheno, Alma Canales, Maria Villa, Nita Jo Gonzalez, Linda Valdez, Betty Cuevas, Elvira de la Fuente, Isabel Olea, Polly Baca, Betty Baca, Carmen Zapata, Maria Jiminez, Genoveva Medina, Severita Lara, Diana Serna, Beatriz Mendoza, Juanita Bustamante, Carolina Rodriguez, Maria Elena Salinas

The Trip Back Committee- To Mexico, to Cuba, to puerto Rico, to venezuela, to Spain, to Morocco, Africa by air, and/or ocean liner. Beginning 7/92 and ending 10/12/92

"In Memorium Mass" - Ruben Salazar, Gus Garcia, Ernesto Galarza, Magdeleno Dimas, Maclovio Barraza, Ralph Guzman, Gil Pompa, Maria Hernandez, Alberto Fuentes, Jr., Tomas Rivera, Control del Robe, Willie Velasquez, Mary Elizabeth Ladd, Rev. Albert Benavidez, Raul Rodriguez, Joe Castillo, Heriberto Teran, Salvador Ramirez, Franklin Garcia, Abel Garza, Antonio Cordova, Rito Canales, Ricardo Falcon, Oscar Zeta Acosta, Henry Munoz.



“Joaquín and I got into Stanford because of affirmative action,” Julián says. “I scored 1,210 on my SATs, which was lower than the median matriculating student. But I did fine in college and in law school. So did Joaquín. I’m a strong supporter of affirmative action because I’ve seen it work in my own life.”[20]

Arriving at Stanford in 1992, along with his identical twin Joaquin, Castro graduated with honors and distinction and a double major in communication and political science.[21]

Julian Castro lived in Soto the first year, and then in Lagunita the last three years — and the last year was in Eucalypto. He was involved with Derechos [the Latino pre-law group] and the ASSU [as a senator]. (He was also an RAin Naranja and involved with the Stanford Democrats.[22]

People at Stanford fondlydly remember the Castro brothers and no one seems surprised that Julian is a contender lor mayor or that his brother Joaquin serves in the Texas Stale I louse of Representatives. I remember him being a bridge builder, Frances Morales, assistant dean of students and director of El Centro Chicano, said ol Julian. She recalled seeing Castro at the community center during his lime at Stanford and said she is very proud of him. "He was very well-liked and respected." she said. "Me was in the ASM ) and to me that meant that you had to be able to work." And work he did. Both he and his brother wrote honors theses about economic development in San Antonio; Julian's was entitled "The Urban Prosperity Myth: San Antonio's Economic Development in the 1970s."

Political Science Prof. Luis Fraga, Castro's thesis advisor, and said he remembers the first day he met the brothers when they enrolled in his urban politics class. "I just remember these identical twins who sat right in the middle of the class." I raga said with a chuckle. 'They came to talk to me after class. 1 remember them saying they were from San Antonio." Castro's hometown has always had a strong hold on him. and his brother as well. Fraga said it was always apparent to him that they intended to go back to San Antonio one day. "I was always surprised by how genuine their commitment was: not to hold office... but to contribute," Fraga added. "There was something about the way they understood politics — that it was a responsibility, not a game."

Castro turned his honors thesis into his campaign strategy this year: promotes economic development for San Antonio with his "Smart Growth — Knowledge Economy Agenda." He refers to this as transitioning from a "smiles-based economy" based on tourism to a "filesbased economy" dependent on knowledge and the high-tech sector. Using this approach, Fraga said. Castro is able to branch-out and be more than just an ethnic politician. Castro's goal is to represent all of San Antonio, not just Latinos. "I am very proud of him." Fraga said, "He fully understands that the best leaders are the ones who help people reconcile differences in a way that helps them grow."

Luz Herrera, Class of 1995. now a lawyer in Compton, met the Castro brothers when she was the resident assistant in Casa Zapata. She said they became even better acquainted when they attended law school together. "They were always just well puttogether, siempre peinaditos |wellgroomedj," she said. "Very charismatic, very easy to talk to."[23]

In college, Julian Castro majored in communications and political science and tied his brother for most votes in the student senate election their junior year. During the summer of 1994, he was a White House intern. (“You think I look young now, you should have seen me then,” he says.)


When Joaquín did not get into Yale Law School, the brothers settled for Harvard. Julián joined Alianza, an Hispanic organization at the school, and served on the Law School Council, but his thoughts were on San Antonio politics. In his last year at Harvard, he decided to run after graduation for the City Council seat that had eluded his mother, and he was so eager to get going that he held his first fund-raiser among his fellow students in Cambridge. He won that race and took a seat on the council in 2001.[24]

Steyer connection


NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03 2016: Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and Common Sense Media founder Jim Steyer attend the 2016 Common Sense Media Awards on May 3, 2016 in New York City.

Peoples Platform

Castro brothers at Stanford

The Peoples Platform party endorsed a Council of Presidents slate and 15 senate candidates March 6, 1995, at a meeting which focused primarily on ethnic issues despite the party's new mission statement to expand its focus. Out of 16 undergraduates who applied for recommendation — 10 of them freshmen — 14 received endorsement. One graduate senator, senior Alane Murdock, sought and received the endorsement. "That's the way it usually is," said current COP member Vanessa Alvarado. "It's a good idea to have a lot of freshmen, because it's good consistency." Freshmen Christy Ramon, Thomas Leung, Armen Panossian, Wade Pyun, Bill Shell, Brie Franco, Angela Parker, Lamar Baker and Jonathan Bobb; sophomore Kimberly Bayer; and juniors Esther Chun, Duane Beasley and twin brothers Joaquin Castro and Julian Castro all received endorsement.[25] In the undergraduate senate race, twin brothers Joaquin and Julian Castro tied for first place, each receiving 811 votes. "We're very excited that students supported our ideas on pushing T.A. training, recommendation hours with professors and changing the advising system," Joaquin Castro said.[26]

The two were members of the Stanford Democrats last year. Currently both work on Derechos, a Chicano / Latino student group focusing on law.[27]

On Border with Juanita Valdez-Cox

Alida Garcia Tweet

On June 17 2018, Alida Garcia tweeted that "Rio Grande Valley leader" Juanita Valdez-Cox of La Union del Pueblo Entero was at a "Border Processing Center" with Julian Castro.[28]

Back to San Antonio

A place on the San Antonio City Council doesn’t come with a salary, and the Texas State House of Representatives, which meets only 140 days every two years, pays what averages out to be about $16,000 annually. The Castro brothers already had day jobs at the local branch of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a major law firm with offices around the world. Later they started their own practice. A celebrated personal-injury case, in which they represented victims of a fatal drunken-driving accident, earned them enough to comfortably continue their political careers.[29]


In 2005, Julián ran for mayor. His opponent was the retired judge Phil Hardberger, a Democrat who was a decade older than the combined ages of Julián and Joaquín. Rosie Castro cast a shadow; Julián found it hard to raise money in the Anglo business community, and he worked hard to reassure voters that he was not just a barrio candidate. “When I represent, I represent everyone,” he said. He won a plurality in the first round of balloting but narrowly lost the runoff to Hardberger. It wasn’t just the Rosie factor that hurt. Hardberger’s predecessor, Ed Garza, was widely regarded as lackluster, and voters weren’t in the mood for another boy wonder from Jefferson High, as Garza had been. Four years later, Hardberger retired from office, and Castro captured City Hall in the first round of balloting. At 34, he was the mayor of the seventh-largest city in the United States.[30]

Fraga comment

Luis Fraga, a political scientist at the University of Washington who directed the Castro brothers' undergraduate theses at Stanford, said the political movements in South Texas — including the founding of La Raza Unida Party — were the greatest expressions of seeking social change.

“The tag that this particular effort was ‘radical' is a bit of a misnomer in that the idea through elections and through political parties, you could effect social change is about as mainstream as you can get,” Fraga said.[31]

CineFestival 2011

The theme of San Antonio’s GCAC CineFestival 2011 was Aztaln in Focus: Roots, Raza, and Revolution which captures the spirit of resistance reflected many of these amazing films brought into the festival.

A few attendees at event included: Jesse Borrego - Actor/Host, Elai Morales, Actor/ Emma Tenayuca Award recipient, Mayor Julian Castro – State Rep. Joaquin Castro, mother, Rosie CastroRita Verreros, CBS Survivor/Actress, Attorneys Frank Herrera & son, Jorge Herrera.[32]


Julian Castro is the son of Rosie Castro, a well-known ’70s firebrand who was among the leaders of La Raza Unida, the radical movement in Texas that was dedicated to defending the civil rights of Mexican-Americans and promoting a strong “Chicano” identity. One of Castro’s first acts as mayor was to hang a 1971 La Raza Unida City Council campaign poster, featuring his mother, in his private office. But this was a gesture of filial loyalty, not of ideological solidarity. A Democrat, Castro is a pragmatist, sometimes unpredictably so. He supports free trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, advocates an energy policy that includes fossil fuels, believes in balanced budgets and refers to David Souter as his ideal Supreme Court justice. Like a large plurality of his fellow San Antonians, Castro is a Roman Catholic, but he was the first San Antonio mayor to be grand marshal when he marched in the annual gay rights parade, and he is pro-choice. “We disagree on this, the pope and I,” he says with a smile.[33]

Obama connection

In early December 2010, Julian Castro, the newly elected mayor of San Antonio, visited the White House to attend President Obama’s national jobs-and-economic-growth forum. Castro was one of only five mayors in attendance and, at 35, the youngest. When his turn came to speak — the subject was the creation of green jobs — the president looked at him, midway down the long conference table, and said: “I thought he was on our staff. I thought he was an intern. This guy’s a mayor?” The other participants — world-famous economists, environmentalists and politicians — burst into laughter.

“Of San Antonio, Tex.,” Castro said evenly.

Obama grinned. “I’m messing with you,” he said. “I know who you are.”

A few days before the meeting, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited San Antonio and told the mayor that he was “on the radar in Washington.” The morning of the meeting, Castro was included in a small working breakfast hosted by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Valerie Jarrett, one of the president’s closest advisers, was there, too. Castro was being noticed and auditioned.

A lot of very smart people, not all of them in Texas, see Julián Castro as the favorite to fill the leadership void. “Julián really stands out,” says Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda, an associate professor of Chicano and global studies at U.C.L.A. “There are other talented young Hispanic politicians around, but few have his stature or national potential. He’s from San Antonio, but he’s very much admired in California. He’s like Obama — one of us, but someone who also comes out of a broader American experience.”[34]

Obama for America, National Co-Chair

February 22, 2012, Obama for America, announced the selection of the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.

Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, was on the list.[35]

Battleground Texas

March 2013, Jeremy Bird, alongside Mayor Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro, traveled to San Antonio for Battleground Texas' first grassroots meeting.

“Texas represents the best of this country, and it’s time for it to go blue” Mayor Castro told the crowd of nearly 300, packed into the downtown St. Anthony Hotel.[36]

Legacy of Raza Unida Party


Carlos Calbillo Independent Filmmaker, Houston formerly of the Mexican American Youth Organization, La Raza Unida Party of Texas, filmed an interview with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro at the 40th anniversary of the Texas La Raza Unida Party, in Austin, Texas, in early July 2012.

The mother of Mayor Julian, Rosie, is a longtime Chicana activist who fought the good fight in the 60's and 70's and raised two over-achieving twin sons. She addressed the assembled old time Chicano activists and, with Julian, related how she used to drag him and his brother Joaquin to community meetings all over San Anto when they were boys and how they HATED it; preferring to be almost anywhere else, because they were both bored to tears.
In my interview Mayor Julian reveals that he, although too young at the time of the impact in Texas of La Raza Unida Party in the 70's, because of the activism of his mother Rosie, considers himself to be a legacy of the Texas and National La Raza Unida Party movement, and comes across as pretty much an activist, like his mom, for La Raza and a trailblazing fighter for all of our collective peoples of ALL of the tribes of San Antonio, of Texas, and of the United States.
He graciously acknowledges that he believes that, if it were not for the activism and passion of La Raza Unida, the mostly youth movement that shook up the Texas Democratic and Republican hegemony in the state back in the day, he might not be poised today as a logical result of it—to continue forward in his path towards wherever he may go and with the Democratic Party, whom he acknowledges as the party to take him and us there, poised to have his back.

Keynote Democratic Convention

30 July 2012, Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, Texas, was selected by President Barack Obama to deliver the KEYNOTE address at this year's National Democratic Convention, convening on September 4, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina.[37] ·

Anti - discrimination ordinance

In September 2013, the san Antonio City Council, over stiff opposition by conservative Republicans and Religious Right ministers, voted today to approve a fully inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance adds sexual orientation and gender identity protections into city ordinances governing city employment, contracting, housing and public accommodations. The City Council passed the updates by a 8-3 vote, and despite "an ugly smear campaign mounted by anti-LGBT activists that included harmful propaganda directed particularly at transgender San Antonians".

“The San Antonio City Council did the right thing today in updating their ordinances to reflect the basic value that all city residents deserve to be treated equally under the law,” Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin said. “Mayor Julian Castro’s support and leadership on getting this done shows his real commitment to making San Antonio a world-class city where all citizens are treated with dignity and respect. Today’s vote is a victory, but the attacks we saw from our opposition in the run-up to this - particularly the transphobic messaging - remind us of the ruthless tactics they use to promote discrimination against LGBT people.

San Antonio Councilman Diego Bernal was the sponsor of this bill, and the ordinance updates also enjoyed the strong backing of Mayor Castro. The mayor’s LGBT Liaison Adam Greenup was instrumental in the success of this ordinance. In addition to CAUSA, a number of other groups contributed to the victory, including Equality Texas, the San Antonio Gender Alliance, Transgender Education Network of Texas, and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. HRC San Antonio Steering Committee Members Chad Reumann, Anna Perez, Gilbert Casillas and Jennifer Ingram played "pivotal roles in shaping today’s success".[38]

Backing Hillary


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, addressed a crowd of thousands October 15, 2015 at Sunset Station in an attempt to woo the growing bloc of Latino voters.

The event kicked off Latinos for Hillary, the Hispanic outreach arm of her campaign. Stylized prints of Clinton that featured the text “La Hillary” above a line reading “¡estoy Contigo!” were placed around the venue.

Clinton emphasized her experience with organizing for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern in South Texas in the early 1970s. At an interview before the rally, she threw darts at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his rhetoric toward Latinos, and chided the Texas GOP for pushing restrictive voter ID laws.

“Republicans are doing everything they can in this state to make it harder for people to vote," Clinton said. "I have a very different philosophy. It's the one that led me to knock on those doors in the [Rio Grande] Valley and to walk on the streets of San Antonio. I want you to be able to vote no matter who you vote for.”

Clinton was introduced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio. Castro endorsed Clinton, just as his congressman brother, Joaquin Castro, had done.

Castro’s been rumored as a potential vice presidential pick for Clinton. She said before the rally that she was “thrilled” to have his endorsement.

"I am going to really look hard at him for anything because that's how good he is," Clinton said at an event before the rally put on by the U.S. U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.[39]

Housing Meeting with Keith Ellison

October 30th, 2015 Keith Ellison speaking at public forum in Minneapolis on Affordable housing, with former HUD chief Julian Castro and St. Paul Vice President Yusef Mgeni (labeled) Photo via turtleroad.org

Chris Nisan, August Nimtz, and their comrade Yusef Mgeni are mentioned in the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) publication “The Militant” as speaking at various events sponsored by the SWP.[40],[41],[42]

Yusef Mgeni was listed as a key organizer of the October 1995 Million Man March with Keith Ellison and later become the long time CEO of the “Urban Coalition,” which was featured at former President Bill Clinton’s “Initiative on Race” website.[43]

Decades later, in October 2015, Yusef Mgeni became the St. Paul NAACP vice president, where he was featured with his old comrade Keith Ellison in a panel discussion about housing that additionally included then-Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.[44]

Allred Campaign Advisory Board

The Colin Allred for Congress Advisory Board is comprised of leaders from across the business, political, and non-profit sectors who will offer their expertise and strategic guidance to the campaign.[45]

  • Julian Castro, former HUD.

Socialist connections

DSA comrades

Marlin Medrano June 4 2019·


With Jeanna Harris and Julian Castro.



Democratic Socialists of America Fort Worth is with Isaiah Maldonado.

July 1, 2019 ·

Our FW DSA co-chair Isaiah Maldonado was invited to speak at this community townhall at La Gran Plaza with presidential candidate Julian Castro, put on by United Fort Worth. "Do you unequivocally support single payer Medicare For All healthcare in the United States?"

Other groups present on the panel include ICE Out of Tarrant, Planned Parenthood, Community Frontline, NAACP, and AFL-CIO.

Blue Wall



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