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University of Houston. Parras, Juan - Parras audio, 1 of 2. August 18, 2009. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 21, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory/item/1460/show/1457.

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Title Parras, Juan
Creator (LCNAF)
  • University of Houston
Creator (Local)
  • Houston History Project
Contributor (Local)
  • Garza, Natalie, interviewer
  • University of Houston, project
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Date August 18, 2009
Description This is an oral history interview with Juan Parras conducted as part of the Houston History Project. Juan Parras was born in Big Spring, TX, where he grew up until he left for high school to St. Anthony's Seminary in San Antonio, TX with support from his local parish. After high school he spent a year studying at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, received his associates from Harvard County Junior College, and studied at the University of Houston. The focus of this interview is on Parras' professional life first working for the welfare department of Harris County Social Services, then as a union organizer for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He began his environmental work with an organization fighting against unsafe environmental standards of a company called Shintech in Convent, LA. Parras was then hired by Green Peace, followed by a position at the Texas Southern University Law School doing environmental justice outreach, and finally as founder and director of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Service (T.E.J.A.S.). During his time at TSU, Parras worked to move the proposed location for Cesar Chavez High School because of its location near many refineries. With T.E.J.A.S., he continues to raise awareness and push for environmental justice in communities that do not have the resources or political clout to fight environmental causes.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Mexican Americans--Study and teaching
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Parras, Juan
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • interviews
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Sound
  • Text
Original Collection Oral Histories - Houston History Project
Digital Collection Oral Histories from the Houston History Project
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the UH Digital Library About page.
File Name index.cpd
Item Description
Title Parras audio, 1 of 2
Format (IMT)
  • audio/mp3
Original Item Location ID 2006-005, Audiotape Box 44, HHA00760 part 1 of 2; ID 2006-005, CD/DVD Box 7, HHA 00760
File Name hhaoh_201403_018_001.mp3
Access File Run Time 1:03:57