Interview with Lydia Valencia on May 10, 2016, Segment 8

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

Valencia discusses the creation of the Hispanic Association of Ocean County, established with the help of the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey (PRC) and additional funds from CEDA (which would later become JTBA and then Workforce Development). A small storefront organization, the Hispanic Association of Ocean County focused primarily on English as a Second Language (ESL) with a small grant towards multi-services for the predominately Puerto Rican population. Valencia touches on the history of Puerto Ricans in Lakewood and Ocean County, the contract between the many farms and the United States Department of Labor that brought in thousands of Puerto Rican laborers every year for seasonal work, and how many laborers stayed for work in the factories. Valencia tells of a splinter group that broke away from the Association leaving it with few staff and faced with being defunded completely, a situation of betrayal deplorable to Valencia who is a firm believer in sticking together. Valencia details her return to the Association as a community organizer and her rise to Executive Director, a position she held from 1981-1989.


Date
May 10, 2016, Recording date
Interviewee
Lydia Valencia
Interviewer
Elizabeth A. Burbach Gallardo
Duration
11m 43.0s
Location of interview

Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LyVa.2016.5.10.8
Related Keywords
Activism, Agricultural workers, Migration
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Hispanic Association of Ocean County, Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey, State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Youth and Family Services, State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Child Protection and Permanency, State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, CEDA, JTBA, Ocean County (N.J.). Board of Chosen Freeholders, United States. Department of Labor, Township of Lakewood (N.J.)
Related Places
Lakewood, NJ (interview location), Jackson, NJ (is referenced), Ocean County, NJ (is referenced), Puerto Rico (is referenced)
Related Dates
1940s, Date mentioned
1980s, Date mentioned
1983 – 1989, Date mentioned
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Lydia Valencia on May 10, 2016, Segment 8: LyVa.2016.5.10.8. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 20 Sep 2020.
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