Renato Espinoza came to Texas in 1963 through an exchange program administered by the University of Texas International Office. (Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Dave McNeely, Ricardo Romo, Carol Keeton Rylander, Lowell Lebermann, Dave Oliphant, John Wheat, Sara Speights, and former Observer editor Kaye Northcott were among the Texans who traveled to Chile as part of the program. Alice Embree was a participant in the last exchange in 1967.)
Funded by the U.S. State Department, the program was buffeted by political change in both Chile and the United States. The Chileans were student leaders in parties of the left and right. They asked Texans questions about Vietnam and civil rights and got answers that weren’t always welcomed by the State Department or UT administrators.
The 40th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of the Chicano Moratoriums was formed in the summer 2009 by the Chair of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee of August 29, 1970 along with two independent Chicano Movement historians whom although not of the baby boomer generation, have become inspired by the Movimiento. The organization posted a list of significant “Chicano movement” activists on its website which included Ricardo Romo.
2014 César E. Chávez March for Justice
In March 2014, the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice made its imprint on the city with 25,000 people marching from the West Side to the Alamo, the largest crowd in the history of the event.
As grand marshal, University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo led the 2.5-mile procession to Alamo Plaza, where the convoy was greeted by live music and a troupe of feathered dancers.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said he was inspired to see thousands of people rallying to advocate changes to federal immigration policy.
“The (immigration) bill has been sitting in Congress since last June. They are wasting their time in Washington,” he said, calling for the White House and Congress to act on deportations. “We believe in family values, and we want to see them stay together. We must not take no for an answer.”
Doggett was joined onstage by Martinez, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, and LULAC member Henry Rodriguez, who helped organize the first César Chávez march in San Antonio. The four community leaders encouraged the crowd to continue rallying for immigration reform and keep themselves educated on local issues.