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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Just a Thought: SA Hispanic Journalists Gala
by Steve Walker

A few weeks ago I wrote about the upcoming SA Association of Hispanic Journalists 18th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala at the Grand Hyatt, August 19th. Now that the event is history, I can report that the gala was a huge success with over 600 in attendance.

I informed the readership in that column that the organization attempts to promote the next generation of young aspiring journalists and the opportunity as an organization to honor its own.

I am personally proud to have been an active member for a number of years.  I will continue to be an active member in good standing as long as I am able.

Composed of local Hispanic, African-American, and Anglo journalists, public relations professionals and students interested in communications or the public relations industry, our chapter is thriving.

This year we honored entertainer Joe Hernandez (a.k.a. Little Joe Y La Familia) with the Corazon de Oro award. He has been called many things: Tejano Legend, the King of Brown Sound, Grammy Award winning musician and one of the most recognizable members of the Mexican American musical community. His hit song, “Las Nubes” has served as an anthem for generations of Mexican-Americans. He has released over 50 albums in his lifetime. I have covered him many times over the past few years when he is in town.

The Corozon de Oro Award is presented to the individual, group or institution whose work has been nationally recognized for excellence. The recipient is publicly acknowledged as an inspiration to those around them. Former recipients include: filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and singer Vikki Carr.

The SAAHJ Community Service Award was presented to former Councilwoman Maria Antonietta Berriozabal, a lifelong community activist and accomplished author. Inspired by Pope John XXIII and his social justice principles and President John F. Kennedy to become politically involved, Berriozabal made history becoming the first Mexican American woman elected by the San Antonio City Council, and serving 10 years.

In the late 90s when Henry B. Gonzalez stepped down as Congressman for health reasons, Maria and I both ran for his seat which was eventually won by his son, Charlie Gonzalez. She made the runoff and I endorsed her at that time. We have been good friends since, along with Charlie Gonzalez. I have written a “Just a Thought” column on her a couple of years ago.

The Henry Guerra Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism was presented to Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez Ph.D. A professionally trained journalist, she also honed her teaching skills to teach the craft to generations of Latino journalists.

She is the founder and director of the VOCES Oral History Project at the University of Texas. Earning a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1977 she spent 17 years in the field to include working at WFAA-TV in Dallas and the Dallas Morning News as border bureau chief covering the US-Mexican border from a one person bureau in El Paso. In 1998 she earned her Doctorate in mass communication from the University of North Carolina. Unlike the two other recipients I only met her at the gala.

The 13 scholarship recipients include: Steal Adcock, (St. Mary’s Univ.) Kellie Alcoser, (Texas State Univ.) Jose Arredondo, (Texas A&M Univ. SA) Manuel Figeroa, (Texas A&M Univ. SA)  Jacqueline Gandera-Valderas, (St. Mary’s Univ.) David Garces, (School of Visual Arts, NY) Marco Cadena, (Univ. of the Incarnate Word) Angelica Casas, (Univ. of California, Berkley)  Jared Edman, (Univ. of Texas, SA) Cynthia Herrera, (Texas A&M Univ. SA) Alexandro Luna, (Texas A&M Univ. SA) Pamela Paz (Texas State Univ.) & Francisco Vara-Orta a past president of the SAAHJ. (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia)

Anyway, as always, what I write is “Just a Thought.”

Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and former Justice of the Peace and Journalist.

Reception for Bexar County Sheriff Candidate Javier Salazar, 8-30

Reception fo Bexar County Sheriff candidate Javier Salazar, 8-30 from 5-8 p.m. @ Augie's Alamo City BBQ @ 909 Broadway.

The Mexican American Texas Business Women of SA Inc., 8-31

Diana Alcoser
The Mexican American Texas Business Women of San Antonio, Inc. celebrates their 44th anniversary as an organization this month.

They will sponsor an anniversary celebration as well as its Inaugural Scholarship Event honoring Luz M. Escamilla,Founder of Mexican American Business & Professional Women’s Club of San Antonio, Inc. on Wednesday, August 31st at Good Time Charlie’s Bar & CafĂ© – 2922 Broadway. 

It will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner can be ordered from the menu. There will be a Silent Auction and Scholarship Donation Envelopes will be available.

Luz M. Escamilla founded Mexican American Business & Professional Women’s Club of San Antonio in August 1972 to further the professional and personal development of Mexican American women in San Antonio.

Funds from this event will provide seed money for the 2017 Luz M. Escamilla Scholarship.

San Antonio Friendraiser Luncheon @ Sunset Station, 8-31

Learn about the incredible things SJRC Texas does to support our community's abused and abandoned children at their 2016 San Antonio Friendraiser Luncheon this Wednesday, Aug. 31st, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunset Station. Keynote speakers include District Attorney Nico Lahood and Sheriff Susan Pamerleau. RSVP through Eventbrite to receive complimentary lunch. This event is Free and open to everyone in the community. 

Bexar County Sheriff's Debate: includes four party candidates, 9-12

News 4 WOAI and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a Sheriff's Debate between Sheriff Susan Pamerleau (Rep.) & challengers Javier Salazar, (Dem.) Larry Ricketts, (Lib)  & James Dorsey (Green) Monday Sept 12th at 6:30 p.m. @ the Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium CircleFree Event.

Women 4 Javier Salazar for Bexar County Sheriff @ ANARTE, 10-5

You are invited to join the Women for Javier Salazar, as we support our candidate for Bexar County Sheriff. Wednesday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. : ANARTE Gallery, 7959 Broadway St, Ste 404.
Sponsorship Levels:
$100 | $200 | $500 | $1,000

RSVP online at

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Meet/Greet Fundraiser-Tomas Uresti St. Rep. @ Herrera Plaza, 9-7

Bex.County Tejano Democrats & Young Tejanos meet-Estela's, 8-27

Bexar County Tejano Democrats President Peter Valecillo, St. Rep. Dist. 116 Elect Diana Arevelo, Bruno de Leon, brother Young Tejano Democrats President Carlos de Leon, Sister, Silvanna, mother, Irma, Robert Vargas, Tommy Morado, Bexar County Democratic Party Chair Manuel Medina, Gabrriel Rosales, Irma Vargas & sister former Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan, Bexar County Sheriff candidate Javier Salazar & wife, Sarah, Manuel, Leo & Joe Estrada, Sylvia Don. Placido Salazar, Estela's Mexican Restaurant @ Tejano meeting

Latin American Heritage Society, Spaghetti 4 Scholarships, 9-3

Singer Dr. Patsy Torres, Cleto Rodrigez & Roman Garcia @ Chef Jerry Steakhouse & Catering, 3825 Fredericksburg Road

Veterans & Military Families for Hillary Clinton Rally, 9-2

Friday, September 2nd
4-6 p.m.
1800 West Commerce Street
Come hear Veterans & Family members supporting Hillary Clinton
For information call call 210-274-8783