Julie Martinez Ortega
- 1 Background
- 2 Influence
- 3 Education
- 4 Career
- 5 Assistant to Senator Alan Cranston
- 6 American Rights at Work
- 7 Progressive Majority
- 8 Stanford
- 8.1 March on Sacramento
- 8.2 Casa Zapata
- 8.3 SaLSA
- 8.4 MEChA discontent
- 8.5 "The Plan"
- 8.6 Reagan Library plan
- 8.7 People's Platform endorsement of The Plan
- 8.8 MEChA/ Kennedy meeting
- 8.9 "The status quo has got to go"
- 8.10 Big gains
- 8.11 Cultures, Ideas and Values legislation
- 8.12 Women's Center
- 8.13 Cultural problems
- 8.14 Peoples Platform
- 8.15 MEChA leaders
- 8.16 Agenda for Action
- 9 Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
- 10 Solis connection
- 11 Jobs with Justice celebration
- 12 "Plotting to... turn Texas Blue"
- 13 PowerPac+ Board of Directors
- 14 Race Will Win the Race conference
- 15 Facing Race 2014
- 16 Old comrades book tour
- 17 Steve Phillips at Red Emma's
- 18 Sandler Phillips Center Leadership
- 19 References
She is the partner of New Zealander Joseph Sheehan.
She was originally from San Antonio.
Before joining American Rights at Work, Julie Martinez Ortega was a Kerr White Visiting Scholar with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also practiced civil rights litigation with Hadsell & Stormer, Inc. of Los Angeles, California, and worked on Capitol Hill as a Special Assistant to Senator Alan Cranston. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the UCLA School of Law, and the Heller Graduate School of Brandeis University. She is a member of the California Bar Association.
Dr. Martinez Ortega serves as Senior Advisor to the Democracy Alliance on research and data about voter behavior and has advised its Latino Engagement Fund as it developed a research agenda and quantitative metrics for the program work conducted by its grantees. She co-founded and served as president of PowerPAC+, an innovative fundraising vehicle that supports progressive candidates in states and cities where changing demographics can flip political power from Red to Blue. As Research Director at American Rights at Work she led all aspects of the advocacy organization’s research efforts. As a Visiting Scholar at DHHS, she designed and implemented cutting edge quantitative research on racial, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, and language use in the area of health care cost, finance, and access.
Dr. Martinez Ortega was voted one of Top 50 Influencers in US Politics by Campaigns and Elections Magazine for her work on the 2014 Fannie Lou Hamer Report, the first ever outside audit of Democratic Party spending. She is a national leader in progressive politics and policy, and an expert on the New American Majority (progressive whites and progressive people of color), organized labor and employment matters, and health care policy. She has undertaken landmark research for numerous leading national foundations, major donors, the federal government, and labor unions on a variety of issues, including mapping the new electorate, targeting and modeling progressive voters, protection and enhancement of workers’ rights, health care access, quality and equity, and economic policies that mitigate income inequality.
She served as Senior Advisor to the Democracy Alliance on research and data about voter behavior and has advised its Latino Engagement Fund as it developed a research agenda and quantitative metrics for the program work conducted by its grantees. As Research Director at American Rights at Work she led all aspects of the advocacy organization’s research efforts. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Health and Human Services where she designed and implemented cutting-edge quantitative research on race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, and language use in the area of health care cost, finance, and access.
- Senior Advisor, Latino Engagement Fund (Project of Democracy Alliance) 6/12 to present. Lead efforts to design and implement an empirically based research agenda on best practices for increasing Latino civic engagement. Align voter projects of the leading Latino national and state-based civil rights organizations with funder objectives. Oversee research agenda projects in collaboration with other organizations such as the Analyst Institute. Present findings and propose plans to the LEF funders and staff at national meetings.
- Vice President for Policy & Advocacy and Director of Washington Office PowerPAC, Washington, DC 1/10 to present. Lead the DC office of this national social justice and electoral advocacy organization. Work closely with civil rights and social justice partners, organized labor, and other allies to advance a progressive public policy agenda. Drive the development and implementation of multi-year campaigns and provide strategic leadership to the organization and its partners in these efforts. Represent PowerPAC at meetings and events. Cultivate partnerships and work with think tank leaders and academic allies to promote social justice efforts. Design, oversee, and conduct original and secondary policy research for use by PowerPAC and its partners. Supervise and coordinate staff, consultants, and partners on policy, advocacy, and research projects.
- Research Director, American Rights at Work, Washington, DC 1/04 to 3/10. Developed and implemented the policy research agenda for American Rights at Work Team: Engaged and formed alliances with legal scholars, law and policy advocates, and policy-oriented researchers to advance policy research that supports workers’ rights. Identified partners to develop legal advocacy and policy research projects and led teams from multiple think tanks, universities, and research institutions to efficiently implement those projects. Successfully obtained funding for numerous projects from a wide range of funders. Conducted research design, enlisted consultants, think tanks, and partners from academia as authors, and edited all research products released by organization. Partners included the Economic Policy Institute, AFL-CIO, National Employment Law Project, Brennan Center for Law and Justice, Center for Community Change, SEIU, Harvard University Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Conceptualized and organized events that provided important forums for the sharing of the latest research on workers’ rights issues, such as conducting public and private briefings for Congressional staff or presenting findings at relevant conferences and meetings. Provided leadership to American Rights at Work as a Founding Manager: Played a major leadership role in all administrative areas of the organization, including legal matters. Led contract negotiations on behalf of management to establish and maintain a collective bargaining agreement with staff union, managed hiring and exit of employees, conducted evaluations and set performance standards for employees, and played key role in organizational strategic planning. Participated in regular review of organization’s financial status and compliance with financial and other reporting requirements, and managed insurances and other risk mitigation efforts.
- Senior Advisor, PowerPAC, San Francisco, CA 5/08 to 1/10 Played key role in designing organization’s Latino strategy and plans to increase Latino voter turnout in target states for the 2008 presidential election. Coordinated information sharing and built relationships among key Latino community and political leaders. Assisted in shaping focus groups and analyzed survey results. Developed paid media campaigns and field plan with other key staff and consultants.
- Consultant, Philanthropists Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips, San Francisco, CA 1/06 to 1/10. Advised donor activists on debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair domestic economy, and identified economists, legal scholars, and public intellectuals working on cutting-edge social science research. Organized meetings and events to create opportunities for these scholars and advocates to advance their work. Advised donors on opportunities to fund projects to advance shared prosperity, and advised them on proposals presented to them for funding.
Dr. Martínez Ortega is a Tejana from South Texas, graduated from Stanford University as a first-generation college student, earned a law degree from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from the Heller Graduate School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Her dissertation, “Health Insurance Enrollment Patterns of Mexican American Children,” won the Minkoff Prize in Health Economics. 
- Studied at UCLA School of Law
- Studied at Brandeis University
- Studied at National Autonomous University of Mexico
- Studied Human Biology at Stanford University
- Former Research Director at American Rights at Work
- Former Kerr White Scholar at Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Former Health Services Research Trainee at Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Assistant to Senator Alan Cranston
American Rights at Work
March on Sacramento
Along with Andrew Wong, Steven Phillips was a principal organizer of the April 1987 March on Sacramento that drew 8,000 people to Sacramento to support expanded educational opportunities for students of color. The March on Sacramento was the largest post-Vietnam rally in the State Capitol.
A group of Latino students announced December 3 1987 that they intend to form a new student organization that will speak "more accurately" for Stanford's Latino community than MEChA. At a MEChA forum called to discuss MEChA's role on campus, the dissenting movement's leader, senior Rudy Fuentes, spoke in favor of the creation of a broader Latino organization to gain "an open vehicle for people to voice their opinions." Fuentes, a former MEChA leader, said that the problem with MEChA is that although "it has never been voted on, it, by de facto, represents the Chicano community, which is a problem in itself." MEChA supporter Sandra Viera disagreed, saying that MEChA has "had community forums to get input. . . . We do want more input from people. We are open to different stances. Tell us what they are; we'll work on them." Over 40 concerned students, about evenly divided between MEChA supporters and the dissenting group's supporters, packed Casa Zapata's lounge for what Resident Fellow Cecilia Burciaga called "the most attended (Latino) community meeting (in Casa Zapata) in seven or eight years."
According to Fuentes, MEChA planned last night's forum only three days ago in order to pre-empt a meeting of the dissenters' planned for Saturday, which was scheduled to discuss the possibility of forming an alternate group. Fuentes 1 fellow dissenters argued that a new organization is necessary because MEChA has been unwilling to respond to internal dissent. Sophomore Valentin Aguirre criticized MEChA for not respecting all points of view in Stanford's Latino community. He asked, "Will you listen to what I say? You'll let me say whatever I want, but that doesn't mean that you'll act on it."
Longtime MEChA member Lucky Gutierrez, a senior, agreed that some changes in the organization may be necessary, but he argued that changes should be made within the existing MEChA structure. "MEChA has a lot of resources and can do a lot of things," Gutierrez said. "Strengthen MEChA and make it broader." Another controversial topic discussed at the forum was the issue of official University representation. Beckie Flores, siding with Fuentes, argued that it isn't possible to unite the Latino community under the present MEChA structure. She said, "It's not fair to MEChA and those who don't agree with MEChA for MEChA to be the only voice. MEChA should not be forced to compromise. I don't want MEChA to be my voice."
Junior Julie Martinez, a member of MEChA and the El Centro Chicano staff, contended that MEChA is often mistakenly seen as the only voice for Stanford's Latino community. "Organizations like The Daily call and ask MEChA for comment and refer to us as 'MEChA, Stanford's Chicano organization.' We are not the Chicano organization. MEChA speaks for MEChA, not for the whole Chicano community." Fuentes said his main complaint is that MEChA has no formal leaders, which results in a lack of accountability to the community it is seen to represent. "Who can we point to as being responsible?" Fuentes said. "No one is there. We never know who does what." MEChA elects no leaders and has no executive committee. MEChA member Gina Hernandez, a junior, countered Fuentes, saying that MEChA acknowledges its lack of structure, but is working on the problem. 'MEChA has no real structure: that's a given," Hernandez said. "But we're attempting to get structure and personal accountability." Both sides agreed that MEChA has done considerable good for the Latino community and the University community as a whole, citing its work supporting the grape boycott and the Rainbow Agenda, a coalition of ethnicminority groups that last spring called for improvement in minority life at Stanford. Former MEChA member Neil "Chili" Rojas attempted to bring both sides together by saying, "We can grant that MEChA is good. The question is, how can we make MEChA better?" The meeting ended with both sides agreeing to reconvene and discuss the issues Jan. 14.
In 1987 "The Plan" has taken up a general focus in its pitch for the COP: more student control. Juniors Lori Abert, Eric Allen and Julie Martinez and sophomore Ira Williams have devised a campaign that focuses less on particular issues and more on seeking out new areas for student voices to be heard.
"We're looking primarily at University matters in which students have not traditionally had control," Allen said. The members of The Plan would like to sec more student opinion reaching the Financial Aids Office. Allen believes many students may be frustrated as the amount of financial aid offered them freshman year decreases in subsequent years. "It's hard to say what exactly we can do. but we'd like to take a look at that," Abert said. In admissions, the slate would like to see "an increase in the pool of applicants to minority enrollment," Martinez said. She and Williams have past experience with ethnic groups on campus, which, along with the gay and lesbian and "politically progressive" groups, have begun to cooperate this year. Martinez said. "We feel very much accountable to those groups." she added.
Student office space is another matter in which the slate feels students should have a say. Allen said the fact that the Old Firehouse is currently used to house some student group offices is ridiculous. Martinez added that Asian student groups — unlike Chicano and black groups — have no central office. The slate maintains that it does not adhere to any particular goals but instead to a definite idea of what the COP should do. "The COP can only talk to the Administration, write to them and be effective lobbyists for students." Allen said.
Abert, a junior lit economics and German, has been involved in the ASSU for the past two years, serving as elections commissioner last year and as administrative manager this year. She has also held offices for the last two years in the Delta Gamma sorority, was an orientation volunteer last year and co-coordinated the "Great American Smokeout" at Stanford last fall. Allen, a junior in history, is currently an ASSU Senator, where he sits on two committees. He has also been involved with Stanford Big Brothers, has been a campus tour guide and has served as president of his dorm. Martinez, a junior in human biology and anthropology, is involved in the Chicano community. She currently serves as student activities coordinator, program board chair and budget and administration committee member at El Centro Chicano. She is also a MEChA core member, Chicano orientation coordinator and La Colectiva coordinator. Williams, an undeclared sophomore, is active in the black community. He is minority admissions chair and a general representative in the Black Student Union. He is vice-president of Kappa Alpha Psi and co-coordinated a SWOPSI class. Last year, he was an ASSU Senate associate.
Reagan Library plan
A referendum calling for the relocation of the Reagan Library "to an alternative and more appropriate site" will likely be placed on the ASSU spring election ballot. according to Council of Presidents member Carey White. The ASSU Senate win "almost certainly" vote to add the referendum to the ballot when it meets Friday, White said. The proposed Reagan Library referendum, sponsored by graduate student Heather Stone, states that "the students of Stanford" should "recommend that the Board of Trustees select an alternative and more appropriate site for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and that the site selection process should include appropriate and well-publicized opportunities for significant participation of students, faculty and other Stanford community members." Stone was unavailable for comment. The ballot for the spring election, to be held April 14-15. includes four slates of candidates running for Council of Presidents. 31 undergraduate senate candidates and eight graduate senate candidates, and fee requests from 22 student groups, according to ASSU Election Commissioner Brett Jarvis. Also on the ballot is a referendum sponsored by Stanford Out of South Africa which asks that the trustees consider "immediate and total divestment" at their next meeting. White said. The four COP slates are: □ The Equalizers. Leoifaid Adler, Maria Canas, Jim Durkin and Roechelle Smith. □ The Philosopher Kings: Steve Baer, Greg Carlson, Wayne Cooperman and Darren Schneider. □ The Plan: Lori Abert, Eric Allen, Julie Ann Martinez and Ira Williams. □ Slate of the Union: Mike Cahill, Carole Solomon, Fred Wang and Grant Winfrey. 
People's Platform endorsement of The Plan
April 7 1987, the Peoples Platform last night formally endorsed "The Plan" slate for Council of Presidents in next week's ASSU spring election. The platform, a coalition of students who support a political agenda promoting the rights and interests of minorities and other progressive issues, also made endorsements for Senior Class Presidents and candidates for ASSU Senate. If the slates and candidates accept the endorsements, each of them will be expected to uphold the tenets of the People's Platform, which include increases in funding for ethnic studies and community centers as well as support for more general Issues such as total divestment from South Africa.
For undergraduate senate, the Peoples Platform voted to endorse juniors Stacey Leyton and Brett Mahoney, sophomores Lillian Hirales, Jon Inda, Miguel Marquez and Jeff Marshall and freshmen Jason Dominguez, Gina Harrison, Derrick Lin and Daniel Luna. In the graduate race for the senate, the platform endorsed Richard Vaughan and Don Gagliardi. For the first time, slates in the Senior Class Presidents race approached the Peoples Platform for endorsement. The platform voted to endorse the "Slate of '88" made up of Maria Meier, Eric Prosnitz, Paige Mazzoni and Stuart Levy. "We were concerned (about whether we'd get the endorsement), but we really felt that we were the most qualified," said sophomore Julie Martinez, one of four members of The Plan COP slate. "I think that the support of the Peoples Platform will be helpful," added Martinez, who is joined on The Plan slate by juniors Lori Abert and Eric Allen and sophomore Ira "Tripp" Williams.
The different minority and progressive groups that make up the People's Platform have come together in the past and have achieved much through their unity, Martinez said. "The People's Platform is really growing in political power," said Felix Cuevas, a Peoples Platform campaign coordinator. "A lot more people sought endorsement this year than last year."
Different minority communities are very supportive of the People's Platform, because they know that it represents a diverse populace and that its candidates are more responsible to the students. Cuevas said. More minorities and progressive whites are running this year because the People's Platform has given them more of a sense of having potential for change, according to Cuevas. "[A Peoples Platform endorsement] makes a big difference," Cuevas said. "Out of nine people that we endorsed last year (when the group was started), seven of them were elected and five were elected to voting positions." "It's an interesting concept." graduate senator Steve Hellman, who is not a member, said of the People's Platform.
MEChA/ Kennedy meeting
November 1987, University President Donald Kennedy met with members of the campus Chicano community last night to discuss a range of issues, including the recent grape boycott effort, Chicano faculty representation and admissions recruitment policies. Many students expressed disappointment after the meeting, charging that the hour-long meeting did not allow enough time to discuss issues thoroughly. Junior Miguel Marquez said the meeting was "kind of disappointing." "There was so much more to say. We didn't get to a lot of important issues, like the University's ties to the Bohemian Club,"he said. According to students present, the meeting last night was the first between Kennedy and the Chicano community in two years. Kennedy defended the University's decision not to require Food Service to stop serving grapes, which have been the target of a boycott organized by the United Farm Workers union. He said that the decision whether or not to join in the boycott should be up to individual students, not the institution. Kennedy added that a University move to ban grapes would prevent students from exercising their freedom.
Kennedy advised students to pursue an active residence information campaign to encourage other students to join the boycott, which has been sponsored on campus by MEChA, the Chicano-Latino student organization. Kennedy said a boycott implemented by students would have a greater political effect on grape growers than one imposed by Stanford and said the "serving of grapes is not a values statement."
Members of the Chicano community present at the meeting voiced concern that University officials are ignoring the health of farm workers. "It's a battle of wealthy grape growers and poor farm workers," said senior Julie Martinez. "Who's the University going to listen to?" Kennedy encouraged students to establish a boycott on their own initative "without all students, but with enough to let Food Service see that (grape) use is lower." In discussing the difficulty of finding ethnic minority faculty members, Kennedy affirmed the importance of active ethnic minority faculty recruitment. He said there is no "shortage of commitment" on his part or on the part of Provost James Rosse for greater representation of minorities on the faculty.
Kennedy also said there has been a "modest increase" in the number of Chicano faculty. According to History Prof. Al Camarillo, however, that number has not changed "in a decade." Stanford has hired two Chicano professors in the last two years, he said, but two other Chicano professors vacated their positions, leaving the number unchanged. According to Kennedy, the small percentage of ethnic minorities currently enrolled in graduate school programs partially explains the University's difficulty in finding and hiring qualified minority faculty members. Many students criticized a recent trip to Europe by Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jean Fetter to recruit European students and argued that recruitment of inner-city high school students warranted the same attention. "She can fly to Europe, but she won't go to East L.A.," said junior Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza. Confirming he would "try to carry that message to the right place," Kennedy said he "would like to hear more" about inner-city recruiting by students.
"The status quo has got to go"
January 1988, holding placards asserting "The status quo has got to go" and "The core list is the real closing of the American mind," more than 100 students flanked an entrance to the Law School yesterday through which Faculty Senate members passed on their way to debate changes in the University's Western Culture requirement. Members of the Asian American Students Association, the Black Student Union, MEChA, the Stanford American Indian Organization, Stanford Organization for Lesbian and Gay Equality and Students United for a Democratic Education staged a demonstration in support of the Western Culture Task Force's proposed revisions of the Western Culture, or Area One, requirement.
The demonstrators, who held signs listing notable minority and women writers' names and quotations, turned out for the meeting to "show the Faculty Senate that we do have support from the community and to make sure the support is heard," BSU spokesperson Louis Jackson said. Sophomore Canetta Ivy read a statement written for the occasion by the Rev. Jesse Jackson praising the "courageous stuggle" of the Stanford students to change the curriculum. "The proposal to change the Stanford Western Culture program is in the best spirit of the Rainbow Coalition," Jackson wrote. "To be truly educated, one must study the fullness of our nation. The imminent changes at Stanford represent a positive step into the future for higher education in America," Jackson said. The demonstration was staged to show approval for the task force's proposal for a new course titled "Cultures, Ideas and Values." CIV would include the study of works from at least one European culture and at least one nonEuropean culture, as well as works by women and people of color. The current Western Culture core reading list of 15 authors would be abolished under the task force proposal.
In addition, the proposal calls for a review of the curriculum in three years, at which time a core list could be proposed, according to senior Rudy Fuentes, a student representative to the Faculty Senate's Committee on Undergraduate Studies. Senior Jinny Shinsato voiced AASA's support for the task force proposal. In a statement read at the demonstration, Shinsato said the proposal is a "progressive step" because it recognizes the importance of "contrasting ideas and values drawn from different traditions and cultures and of moving away from a Eurocentric focus."
In addition to Students for Western Culture, a group called "Save the Core!" met two days ago to organize a campaign in support of English Prof. William Chace's recent counterproposal to keep the core reading list and to add a selection of works by minorities and women to the required reading.
Louis Jackson wrote that the counterproposal should have been made a long time ago "if it was that important to them." The struggle to change the Western Culture requirement has gone on for almost eight years, Jackson wrote, but the opposition to change emerged only two days before the debate. "It was almost hypocritical in a way," he said. According to senior Julie Martinez, spokesperson for MEChA, Chace's proposal is "tokenist, adding a few minorities and women on the side to appease people." The task force proposal, if approved by the senate, would give "a much better perspective of the ideas that made our society and a better reflection of the people that make up this society today," Martinez said.
The Peoples Platform, a political coalition of student ethnic and progressive groups, scored considerable gains in last week's ASSU election by placing nine of 10 Platform candidates in the ASSU Senate and by filling the office of Council of Presidents with its own slate, A New Slate of Mind.
Junior Miguel Marquez, member of A New Slate of Mind, said he was satisfied with the success of the Platform. Marquez said the existence of an organized party made the campaign and elections more "issue-oriented" than in past years when he said "name recognition" played the major factor. Marquez said the party "puts out a real platform" that improves the election so "people know what they're voting for." Although Marquez acknowledged that the Platform has received criticism because of its progressive agenda, he said he hopes such "petty politics" do not interfere with ASSU projects in the future. "If you have that polarization, the ASSU gets nothing done," he said.
For the second year in a row, the top vote-getter for undergraduate senator was a Platform candidate. Junior Julie Martinez garnered 799 votes, 30 more than her closest competitor, Amol Doshi.
Marquez said the explanation for his slate's victory was simple. "People are looking for a change," he explained. "Both slates were capable of running the COP — we just offered a different approach," he said. The new COP members are sophomore David Brown, sophomore Canetta Ivy, senior Stacey Leyton and Marquez. Although voters approved most of the student group fee requestson the ballot, five groups were denied funding this year. In an unprecedented fee request vote, the BSU lost its request for $24,419.
Cultures, Ideas and Values legislation
May 1988, the likely passage of an amendment to the newly passed Cultures, Ideas and Values legislation has evoked little response from students who initially pushed for the new progam. So far, the campus minority groups that lobbied strongly in favor of the legislation have not drafted any formal responses to the possibility of a change in CIV legislation concerning appointments to the committee that will oversee administration of the program. The change, prompted three weeks ago by a faculty senator, would eliminate the words "ethnicity" and "gender" from the list of factors taken into account in appointing faculty members to the committee.
The proposed modification would replace these words with the phrase, "interest in the program." The Faculty Senate is expected to pass the amendment at its next meeting May 26. Julie Martinez, member of MEChA, a Chicano student organization at Stanford, said she did not see the probable change as important. "The major issue is that the (Area One Committed follows through with the spirit of CIV." Brian Kim, next year's chair of the Asian American Student Association, sees the revision as a sign of the bureaucratic nature of such new legislation. "We're knee-deep in technicalities," he said. Some students, however, have questioned the need to change the current wording. Stacey Leyton, member-elect of the ASSU Council of Presidents, termed the proposed change "ridiculous." Although student progressive groups have not acted to prevent the change, Leyton said she believes the current wording is necessary to make sure the provost, who is responsible for appointing members of the Area One Committee, considers race and gender when making appointments.
In November 1988 The Women's Center pushed for a move from the Toyon Eating Clubs to the Old Union because of the center's current out-of-the-way location. Women's Center coordinator Sarah Bryer said the present location near Toyon is "out of the normal traffic patterns for students." According to Bryer, part of the center's purpose is to serve as a referral center and the current location hinders student drop-ins. "We're not able to serve our constituency as well as we'd like," she said. An Old Union location would alleviate that problem, Bryer said. She noted that other community centers — like the Chicano-Latino; gay, lesbian and bisexual and black communities — are located in or near Old Union and that it is a central location for students.
Women's Center staffer Karen Bernstein said that the Women's Center programs are so important that the new area "is going to have to accomodate" all of the existing programs. According to Bryer, the impetus for the move came from a Committee on Student Space report. Since it was released, the Center has been trying "to show the administration that there is lots of (Stanford) community support" for the move and to persuade University officials. The center circulated a petition favoring the move and collected "about 1,000" signatures, according to Bernstein.
One of the fastest growing minorities in the country, and at Stanford, MexicanAmericans often face cultural difficulties that other students here would not encounter."It's a big thing that you're not supposed to leave the house until you get married," junior Julie Martinez said. Martinez was the first person from her high school in El Paso, Texas, to attend Stanford.
Sophomore Maria Gandera is one student of Mexican-American descent who did not receive family support when she decided to apply to colleges. Deciding to leave her home in San Fernando for Stanford was difficult, but Gandera said she was determined to succeed here. "My aunts and uncles are factory workers — I wanted something more than that. I wanted to buy my
Despite some of the special difficulties Mexican-Americans face, the number of Mexican-American students at Stanford has increased from 6 to 10 percent since 1981, according to Assistant Dean of Admissions Chris Ponce. Mexican-American enrollment at Stanford is substantially higher than the enrollments at Ivy League colleges, Ponce said. In this year's freshman class 126 of the students are Mexican-American. Ponce attributed the recent increases in enrollment to the University's more rigorous attempt to reach Chicano students through special outreach programs. For example, in April, various student groups sponsored Project Motivation, a weekend where prospective freshman of Mexican-American descent became acquainted with Stanford. In addition, Admissions has stepped up its efforts to recruit in areas with large Mexican-American populations, including El Paso, East Los Angeles and Chicago, Ponce said.
According to junior Jon Inda, Admissions "tries with what they have, but they have a small staff. They miss a lot of rural areas and minorities." Inda, who was born in Mexico and grew up in Santa Ana, said he believed that Mexican-Americans at his high school did not receive adequate attention from school supervisors. "I was one of two Mexicans in advanced placement or honors-type classes," said Inda about his high school, where there was a substantial number of Spanishspeaking students. "There were four counselors for 2,500 people. You lose track of a lot of people that way," he said.
Inda said that his peers — not his high school teachers or parents that "only graduated from the sixth grade" — sparked his interest in college. Zapata But for the Mexican-Americans who do in fact opt for Stanford, Casa Zapata, the Mexican-American Chicano theme house, often becomes a home away from home. "Zapata has always served as a good place to alleviate cultural shock," Zapata Resident Fellow Tony Burciaga said. While the house gives students a chance to learn about Mexican-American culture and recognize problems facing Mexican-Americans, Burciaga said that the cultural issue is not the house's main concern. "It's a home first of all," he said. "We are very group-oriented people, and it's part of this group-orientedness that has made us a support system and deemphasized the political nature of the house," Burciaga explained. Inda agreed that what Zapata gives is a supportive environment for Mexican Americans. "Casa Zapata is a good place for Chicanos to come because there is a really close family network and bonding here," Inda said.
Finding a new full-time Chicano dean and making El Centro Chicano more student-oriented are the main issues facing Ana Mata and Leticia Valadez, who were elected co-chairs of Stanford MEChA March 29 1989 . For Valadez, a sophomore, a theme of continuity underlies her plans for next year's Chicano/Latino community. "Basically, we're just going to continue with gains made this year," Valadez said. "We've been working toward increasing who MEChA is and what we represent." Mata, a freshman, hopes to "work with the new full-time dean and strengthen El Centro Chicano with improved programming . . . making it a center for Chicano students." Valadez and Mata will replace current chairs senior Gina Hernandez and sophomore Delia Ibarra. Valadez is currently MEChA's social/cultural committee chair and next year's Chicano/Latino Orientation Committee coordinator. Mata has served as the co-chair for the education rights committee. Other officers elected last night include freshman Noel Bravo, El Aguila coordinator; senior Julie Martinez, historian/secretary; freshman Alma Medina, publicity coordinator; and senior Raul Alvarez and sophomore Moira Hernandez, treasurers.
Agenda for Action
Following an emotional meeting with University President Donald Kennedy June 1 1989, Agenda for Action coalition members called the campus disruption charges issued against them a tactic to prevent the development of multicultural education at Stanford. Emerging from Kennedy's office in tears, coalition member Julie Martinez said the University's commitment to ethnic diversity was "nothing but a big lie." By relentlessly pursuing the disruption charges against students who participated in the May 15 takeover of Kennedy's office, the administration is condemning more than the students' actions, said Stacey Leyton, a member of the coalition and the outgoing Council of Presidents. "We feel like they're going after us," she said. "[They are going] after what we represent, which is the movement to make this a more multicultural institution. That's what we feel like is being threatened by these charges." Kennedy told The Daily yesterday that the judicial charges had been issued against those who occupied his office as a matter of University policy. "We're fully committed to multicultural education," he said. Formal charges of violating the University's Policy on Campus Disruption were issued Wednesday to 53 students involved in the takeover of Kennedy's office, which was organized by the Agenda for Action coalition. "(Since) the day after the takeover, we've been told by different administrators that we're guilty, that they're going to take us to the wall," said Judy Wu, a coalition member. "They don't have a fair process set up for us.
Martinez, a senior, expressed deep concern after the meeting with Kennedy that graduating seniors will not receive their diplomas until after the judicial process has been completed. "My mother and father take extra jobs so they can get money to come here [from San Antonio] and see me graduate, and they don't even know if I'm going to be able to or if I will get my diploma because this school can't decide whether me standing up for more Chicano faculty . . . was right or wrong," she said. Junior Cheryl Taylor, a coaliton member, said she had been misled by false promises of multiculturalism when she decided to attend Stanford three years ago. "I can't believe (the administration) has the gall to parade around the country with those badges of multiculturalism," she said.
Gina Hernandez, the former cochair of MEChA, a Chicano/ Latino student group, said students of color were being denied the opportunity to contribute to building a multicultural university. According to Judicial Affairs Officer Sally Cole, as of yesterday, 53 students had been charged with violating the University's policy on campus disruptions. Of these, 50 were among the 56 arrested on misdemeanor charges in the takeover of Kennedy's office. According to Cole, it is "probable" that more students will be charged within the next few days.
Jay Jay Kuo, a coalition member who did not participate in yes-terday's meeting with Kennedy, said the differentiated charges forced him to question the administration's commitment to creating a multicultural university. "How can (the administration) be for our cause when they plan to remove from the cause its strongest supporters?
Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
Julie Martinez Ortega was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, 
Julie Martinez Ortega and Hilda Solis.
Jobs with Justice celebration
Julie Martinez Ortega, November 29, 2012 ·
- Celebrating 25 years of building working class power with Jobs with Justice — with Saket Soni, Crystal Plati, Becky Wasserman, Nikki Daruwala, M. Lucero Ortiz, Carlos Jimenez, Mackenzie Baris and Ana Avendano at Capital Hilton.
"Plotting to... turn Texas Blue"
Steve Phillips May 15, 2013.
- Excited to be plotting and planning with great folks about how to turn Texas Blue and hearing results of Julie Martinez Ortega poll of Texas voters! — with Julie Martinez Ortega, Lorena Chambers, Joaquin Guerra, Eddy Morales and Jenn Brown at Four Seasons Hotel Austin.
PowerPac+ Board of Directors
Race Will Win the Race conference
PowerPAC+ June 25, 2014;
Today's the day! #WINin2014 Race Will Win the Race conference is finally here. Check out what's to come and join us on Twitter @PowerPAC_Plus using #WINin2014. — with Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Trey Martinez Fischer, Representative Marcia Fudge and Mark Takano in Washington, District of Columbia.
Facing Race 2014
After the Black President: Politics and the New Majority
Communities of color overwhelmingly backed the election of President Obama - and are the future of U.S. politics. Hear about the seismic demographics shifts behind a new and powerful electorate in the South and Southwest. This is the beginning of profound change. At the local, state and Congressional level, this new voting block is electing social justice champions to address the communities’ most pressing needs. Texas, California, Hawaii and New Mexico are majority people of color states. 24 states have enough people of color to make the difference. Speakers: Aimee Allison, Joaquin Guerra, Julie Martinez Ortega.
Old comrades book tour
Julie Martinez Ortega. February 2, 2016 ·
It's launched! Great event this afternoon at Center for American Progress moderated by Maria Teresa Kumar. Tomorrow night I'll be joining Steve at the next stop in Baltimore at Red Emma's. #BrownIsTheNewWhite — with Aimee Allison, Steve Phillips and Sharline Chiang.
Steve Phillips at Red Emma's
- Civil rights lawyer and senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Steve Phillips will discuss his new book Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. A panel discussion with Delegate Cory McCray of Baltimore City, founder of the American Majority Policy Research Institute, Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega, former Washington Post reporter Miranda Spivack, and Valerie Ervin and Charly Carter of Working Families will follow.
Sandler Phillips Center Leadership
April 25 2018;
- Susan Sandler - Chair
- Steve Phillips - President
- Emi Gusukuma - Executive Vice President and General Counsel
- Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega, Ph.D. Director of the Washington Office/Chief data scientist
- Marvin Randolph - Director of community based electoral initiatives
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