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Breaking down the barriers in the Community Hector P. Garcia: A Texas Legend


Poll Tax: American G.I. Forum Resolution

Even after World War II, Texas was one of the few states to retain the poll tax as a prerequisite for voting. The G.I. Forum campaigned against the use of property as a qualification for voting, neighborhood clauses in real estate contracts and restrictions on owning property.


"La Marcha" for fair labor practices

"La Marcha" or "the march" was to protest the hiring and employment practices that excluded Mexican Americans by design or omission. The rights and practices won by most white unions in the 1930’s did not include the large number of Mexican Americans agricultural laborers. Most unions did not allow Mexican Americans to join, much less hold office in the union. Dr. Garcia and the Forum requested a Fair Employment Practices Commission.