Chavez-Thompson, Linda 2010-08-12

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Linda Chavez-Thompson discusses her experiences in the labor movement, her career and reasons for running for the Texas Lieutenant Governor’s position. She sheds light on her childhood memories.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Linda Chavez-Thompson

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Date: August 12, 2010

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 01:20:29


Background; Born in Lorenzo, Texas; Father was a cotton farmer; Childhood memories; Hardships of working on a cotton farm; Moved to Idalou, Texas; Had to drop out of school; Family; Grandfather; Her marriage; Proposal; Bonding between her husband and father; How she met her husband; Oldest sister raised by grandparents; Career after marriage; Interview for a secretarial job; Description of the job; How she convinced her father to join the union; Became district council representative for North Texas; Initial negotiations; First negotiation with her father; Her negotiation with city; Became International Union Representative; American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); Election as Executive Vice President of AFL-CIO; Lieutenant Governor’s campaign; Reasons for running; Campaign to increase the vote of Hispanics; Problems with current state of affairs; Getting people angry about what they don’t have; Strategies to help Texans; Talking to the citizens; Representing the “little people”; Immigration; Incident with grandfather; Arizona HB SN1070; Backlashes in Texas; Closing Comments; Remembering childhood memories; Humiliation faced by poor people; Having no regrets about not going to high school; Experiences in labor movement; Elections.

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