On International Women’s Day – March 8, 2012 – La Mujer Obrera will be honoring notable women leaders in the community who have dedicated their lives to promoting and upholding the rights of women on the border.
Our 2012 honorees include:
Jo Anne Bernal: On November 2009, Jo Anne Bernal became the first female County Attorney in El Paso County’s history. Before Commissioners Court appointed her, Ms. Bernal had been working with the County Attorney’s Office for 16 years, 14 years as First Assistant County Attorney. Jo Anne Bernal was born and raised in El Paso, and received her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986. Since then, Ms. Bernal has been a practicing attorney representing elected and appointed officials in litigation in state and federal courts. As County Attorney, Bernal has worked to address domestic violence through prevention campaigns targeting youth as well as the establishment of a Protective Order Court.
Olivia Figueroa: As founder and Executive Director of Project AYUDA (Adult and Youth United Development Association, Inc), Figueroa ensures more community members living in the San Elizario colonias have access to dignified housing through the installation of septic tanks and water filtration systems. She is the head of the Paso del Norte Region Promotores Network.
Dr. Yolanda Leyva is is a Chicana historian and writer who was born and raised on the border. She is currently chair of the Department of History and an associate professor. She has spent her life listening to and now documenting the lives people who live on la frontera. She specializes in border history, public history, and Chicana history. She has directed various public history projects focusing on the US-Mexico border over the past decade. Most recently, she served guest curator for “Healing Hands, Healing Ways: Traditional Medicine in the Borderlands” and as Project Developer for “El Paso: The Other Side of the Mexican Revolution,” a groundbreaking museum exhibit on El Paso’s role in the Revolution. She serves as Co-director of Museo Urbano, an indoor-outdoor museum that highlights the history of South El Paso, especially el Segundo Barrio.
For the past 30 years, La Mujer Obrera has worked to break the cycle of poverty through education and employment of displaced women workers in our community – El Paso’s Chamizal Neighborhood, one of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods according to the Federal Reserve Bank. Our Café Mayapán Restaurant, Mercado Mayapán, Mayapán Farmers’ Market, Rayito de Sol Daycare, Uxmal Affordable Housing Complex, Museo Mayachén, Semillas Youth Project, and Chicanna Computer Center are vital contributions to our community. Our efforts towards sustainable community development integrating culture, health, fair trade, and community building have received attention in numerous academic books and garnered awards including “Best Practice for Access to Capital Award” by State Senator Eliot Shapleigh in 2009 and being named “Agent of Change” by the Christian Science Monitor in 2011.
The Awards Banquet, which also serves as La Mujer Obrera’s annual fundraiser, will take place at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle Avenue, El Paso Texas. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Dinner served at 6:00 p.m.
$50 General Admission Tickets
$40 Students Tickets
$350 Tables [seats 8]
Tickets are on sale now at Mercado Mayapán, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm or call to reserve your tickets today!  887-1520.