UPDATE: Sept. 18, 2009 "The Women of Fuerza Unida" has been nominated for a 2009 Emmy by The Lone Star Emmy chapter [ nominations ]
A "Latinos in America" featured profile
1990, one of Texas's Levis Strauss factories closed leaving hundreds of
workers, mostly women, without their livelihood. To many, it was the
only job they ever had. From their loss, a support group was born. A
group that later became a leading center to empower women in San
Antonio, Texas through education, social work, and community activism.
Produced, shot, edited by Patricio Espinoza with the assistance of associate producer Bernessa Jakle, The Women of "Fuerza Unida" story aired with PBS DocuBloggers, KLRU, Austin, Texas.
* Thank you to Sean Cunningham and Domenique Bellavia, the force behind Docubloggers, a program ahead of its time that embraced community contributions and opened the door to our stories. Budgetary challenges unfortunately closed the show earlier this year. We hope this nomination would spark new interest to support these efforts.
The inspiration piece to this story was originally produced as part of the Ford Salute to Education award recipient profiles commissioned by MPR, Muñoz Public Relations.