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Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Gloria Anzaldua


“Who is to say that robbing a people of its language is less violent than war?”  ― Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza


Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Gloria Anzaldua


Do work that matters. Vale la pena.”  - Gloria Anzaldua


Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Miguel Contreras

"What we will do here will set the pace for organized labor across the country" - Miguel Contreras

Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Sara Martinez Tucker


"You know, because you're feeling it, the magnitude of the impact others have had on you up to now. You are going to have that much – if not more – of an impact on others." -Sara Martinez Tucker

Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Mimi Lozano

"We do not want our story to get lost. We do not want to be invisible ever again. Latinos have been invisible for a long time and if we tell our true story and history, the world will know who we are.” - Mimi Lozano

Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Sophie Cruz


"Let us fight with love, faith and courage so that our families will not be destroyed.” –Sophie Cruz


Hispanic Great Debaters Profile : Aurora Castillo

Community activist Aurora Castillo was a renowned champion for environmental justice. The feisty octogenarian believed all children deserved to breathe clean air, drink pure water, and grow up in a safe environment. Castillo founded the community organization, The Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA). The group worked to keep their neighbors safe from dangerous pollutants and environmental toxins.  

Castillo earned the name, la dona, because of her extraordinary leadership. The international community also recognized Castillo's tireless efforts to protect her Californian neighborhood. In 1995, she won the Goldman Environmental Prize. The award is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for environmental activists. The organization gives the award to ordinary individuals working to protect the environment.  

Hispanic Great Debaters Profile: Sal Castro


“You start with the love of the kids, not the love of your subject matter. You start loving the kids, and know that you are going to go to the wall for them to make sure that they are successful.” - Sal Castro