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The Tejano DiasporaMexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin$
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Marc Simon Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834640

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877661_rodriguez

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Making a Migrant Village in the City

Making a Migrant Village in the City

Tejanos and the War on Poverty In Milwaukee

(p.98) 4 Making a Migrant Village in the City
The Tejano Diaspora

Marc Simon Rodriguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter illustrates how a large group of “concerned south-side citizens” packed the Milwaukee offices of United Migrant Opportunity Services, Inc. (UMOS), a social service agency established under the auspices of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), to protest the mismanagement of this poverty program. The demonstrators sought a meeting with UMOS management to call on the agency, created under the War on Poverty, to better serve the needs of migrants by hiring more former migrant farmworkers and promoting those already working for the organization to management positions. Many of the protesters filling the room at UMOS headquarters that night were former farmworkers from South Texas, the primary sending region for Wisconsin's migrant farmworker population.

Keywords:   Migrant Opportunity Services, UMOS, social service agency, Economic Opportunity, OEO, poverty program

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