Sí se puede Heroes Presents
"The Life & Times of Juan Andrade"
On WTTW Chicago
Check Listings, Also Available On Demand
Description: At the age of 4, Juan was helping his parents harvest crops in the migrant farm fields of Texas. Today, he is one of the most educated and decorated Latino leaders in the nation, and the 4th Latino in history to receive medals from the President of the United States (Bill Clinton) and the Government of Mexico. As a high school teacher, teaching primarily the children of migrant farmworkers, Juan was arrested for speaking Spanish in his own classroom. This unjustified arrest ignited in Juan a passion for social justice and community empowerment. One of Juan’s early mentors was the late Willie Velasquez who taught him the importance of voter registration. This is the story of Juan’s personal journey and the mentors who influenced him along the way, the early Latino pioneers who first advocated for their community. Juan is co-founder and president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, an organization that over a span of 35 years has registered 2.2 million voters and trained over 900,000 present and future leaders. USHLI sponsors the largest Latino leadership conference in the nation, attended annually by over 6,000 present and future leaders representing 40 states and held exclusively in the city of Chicago.
Directed & Produced by Hector Perez.
Oral History Project:
Since 1989, Hector Pérez has been recording oral history stories of Latino individuals who have championed for civil rights, worker rights and social justice. Si Se Puede Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of these important and often untold stories. Little is known about the community struggle and sacrifice that went into the creation of institutions such as, Benito Juarez High School in the Latino neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago or the Roberto Hernandez Center of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where ordinary people sacrificed so that Latino students could have a fair and equal opportunity to education. There are many other stories of activism that created health and social institutions. The true accounts of many of these stories lie in the memories of those who lived the experience. It is Si Se Puede Heroes’ mission to bring these accounts to life and record them for posterity. We cannot forget the struggles and victories of those brave, ordinary people who got us to where we are today. We believe that by making these stories known they will inform and inspire future ‘heroes’ to do the same.
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On behalf of everyone at Sí Se Puede Heroes, we would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support. Without their help, we would not be able to bring the Juan Andrade story to public television.
Since 1989, Hector Pérez has been recording oral history stories of Latino individuals who have championed for civil rights, worker rights and social justice. Si Se Puede Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of these important stories.
Si Se Puede Heroes is committed to researching, recording and preserving the untold stories of Latino accomplishments, community empowerment and trailblazers who made a difference in where we are today as Hispanic Americans.
Create a video collection of oral history interviews that educate, highlight and preserve accomplishments and events that played an important role in Hispanic American history.
Si Se Puede Heroes, Inc.
1100 W Cermak
Chicago, IL 60608
Si Se Puede Heroes, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to bringing untold stories of Latino activism and community empowerment to public television. The actions of these heroic Latinos y Latinas leveled the playing field by challenging the status quo. By telling these stories, we hope to educate, inspire and empower Latinos and the community at large to become agents of social change.