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Elizabeth "Betita" Martínez (born 1925) is a Chicana feminist and a long-time community organizer, activist, author, and educator. She has written numerous books and articles on different topics relating to social movements in the Americas. Her best-known work is the bilingual 500 years of Chicano History in Pictures, which later formed the basis for the educational video ¡Viva la Causa! 500 Years of Chicano History. Her work has been hailed by Angela Y. Davis as comprising "one of the most important living histories of progressive activism in the contemporary era ... [Martínez is] inimitable ... irrepressible ... indefatigable."
Martínez graduated from Swarthmore College in 1946 with a degree in English. In May 2000, Swarthmore awarded Martínez with an honorary doctorate. Martínez has worked for Simon & Schuster as an editor and for The Nation Magazine as Books and Arts Editor. Her daughter, Tessa, is an actress and co-founder of San Francisco’s Latina Theater Lab.
During the 1960s, Martínez served full-time in the Civil Rights Movement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the South and as a coordinator of its New York office. In 1968, she moved to New Mexico to start a newspaper to support the Alianza Federal de Mercedes. Along with lawyer Beverly Axelrod, Martínez thus founded the bilingual movement newspaper El Grito del Norte, which she worked on for five years. In 1973, she co-founded and directed the Chicano Communications Center, a barrio-based organizing and education project.
Since moving to the Bay Area in 1976, Martínez has organized around Latino community issues, taught Women's studies part-time, conducted anti-racist training workshops, and worked with youth groups. She ran for governor of California on the Peace & Freedom Party ticket in 1982 and has received many awards from student, community, and academic organizations, including Scholar of the Year 2000 by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. In 1997, she and Phil Hutchings co-founded the Institute for MultiRacial Justice, which "aims to strengthen the struggle against white supremacy by serving as a resource center to help build alliances among peoples of color and combat divisions." In 2004, she served on the advisory board for the group 2004 Racism Watch. She is also an adviser to the Catalyst Project, an anti-racist political education organization that focuses on white communities.
- De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century (1998) ISBN 0-89608-583-X
- 500 years of Chicano History in Pictures (1976) ISBN 978-0-9631123-0-9
- The Youngest Revolution: A Personal Report on Cuba (1969) ISBN 978-0-273-31434-9
- Letters from Mississippi (1964) ISBN 978-0-939010-71-4
- "Elizabeth Martínez". southendpress.org. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
- "Viva la Causa, 500 Years of Chicano History (version in English)". Retrieved 2007-10-26.
- "Swarthmore to Hold 128th Commencement on May 29". Swarthmore College. 2000-05-09. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- R.M. Arrieta (2006-05-21). "Los Veteranos: An Oral History of San Francisco's Mission District Activistas". El Tecolote. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- Crass, Chris. "Towards Social Justice: Elizabeth 'Betita' Martinez and the Institute for MultiRacial Justice". infoshop.org. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
- "Institute for MultiRacial Justice". multiracialjustice.net/. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
- "2004 Racism Watch Calls On Bush-Cheney Campaign to Change or Pull Offensive Ad". Common Dreams. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
- "About". The Catalyst Project. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
- Table of Contents from El Grito del Norte (1966–1972)
- Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita" What is White Supremacy? (1998)
- Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita" A view from New Mexico: recollections of the movimiento left Monthly Review (2002)
- Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita" Raza Protest A Day of Lies and Hate, (1998)
- Vidal, Mirta Women: New Voice of La Raza
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