Henry Gonzalez

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Henry B. Gonzalez

"Progressive" Democrat

In college, Rosie Castro's political involvement grew.

“What I have always understood is that if you want to make a difference in this country ... You elect representatives who will create the policy that you feel needs to happen,” she said. Her college mentor, Margaret Kramer, introduced Rosie to progressive Democratic politicians, including Henry B. Gonzalez, Pete Torres, Albert Pena, Jr. and Joe Bernal. On Fridays, the politicians and other factions — labor leaders, such as Henry “The Fox” Munoz — would gather at Karam's restaurant.

“It was heady stuff. It was an incredible learning (experience) for me,” Rosie said. [1]

Congressional Hispanic Caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus was organized in 1976 by five Hispanic Congressmen: Herman Badillo (NY), Baltasar Corrada del Río (PR), Kika de la Garza (TX), Henry B. Gonzalez (TX) and Ed Roybal (CA), to serve as a legislative organization through which legislative action, as well as executive and judicial actions, could be monitored to ensure the needs of Hispanics were being met. It was staffed by Raquel Marquez Frankel, who had grown up in Silver City and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and had become, in 1947, the first Latina to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law.[2]

"Congressional Pink Caucus"

In October 1989 the Nicaraguan Sandinista Government announced that they would no longer comply with the 19 month-old cease-fire agreement with the Contras. This had been considered a prime step forward for the "peace process" that was progressing slowly as part of the Arias Peace Plan.

A resolution was introduced in Congress deploring the Sandinistas' action. The Senate voted unanimously in favor, but in the House the vote was 379-29. All the 29 Congressmen voting against the resolution were Democrats.

The Council for Inter-American Security dubbed these 29 people the "Congressional Pink Caucus":