Voces de Liberación: Latinas and Politics in Southern California

voces de liberacion promo graphicThis exhibit explores the historical and contemporary stories of women who advocated for political rights locally, regionally, and nationally.

On exhibition April 27, 2017 - July 12, 2017, in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery of Pollak Library.


Jael Muller is a graduate student in the Department of History at  California State University, Fullerton.


Voces de Liberación: Latinas and Politics in Southern California  profiles nine women: Theresa Smith of the  Law Enforcement Accountability Network (LEAN); America Bracho; of  Latino Health Access, Rose Espinoza of  Rosie’s Garage; Antonia Hernández Executive Director of the  California Community Foundation; Nury Martinez  Los Angeles City Councilwoman; Helen Torres, director of  Hispanas Organized for Political Equality   ;  Ada Briceño labor union leader and founder of  Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD); Michele Martinez  Santa Ana City Councilwoman; Angelica Salas, Executive Director of  Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). To tell their stories, the exhibition includes photographs, personal artifacts, and oral history audio clips. The exhibition will be on view from April 27 through June 21, 2017.

This Exhibition developed from oral histories collected for COPH’s “Women, Politics, and Activism Project,” directed by Dr. Natalie Fousekis. Under the supervision of Dr. Margie Brown-Coronel, students in the Graduate Seminar in Public History installed the exhibition and developed all the programming accompanying the exhibition. The  Department of History  and the  Center for Oral and Public History  seek to combine the strengths of history, oral history and public history to build better connections between Cal State Fullerton and the local, national, and global communities.

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The curator wishes to thank Trish Campbell, Exhibit Program Coordinator and Library Marketing student assistants, Kamille Torres and Karen Vazquez, in addition to the library exhibit students Cristina Omidsalar, Emily Pillai, Renee Jean, and Mariana Peñaloza for their assistance.


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Exhibit Location

On exhibition April 27, 2017 - July 12, 2017, in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery of Pollak Library .