Interview with Jimmy Torres on December 3, 2018

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

00:00:00 Torres explains that he grew up with two brothers, his mother and an ever-present father. From his father, Torres learned to be street smart with survival skills and to interact with everyone. Torres adds that his two brothers and he played musical instruments; he played the guitar and was also the singer.  00:13:00 Torres was very active in the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño since he was 19 years old, and he saw people who called themselves active members of the political party, but were not. 00:22:00 Torres explains that his uncle was a Puerto Rican union leader that worked with migrant farm workers that would leave the island and under contract, go to work in New Jersey. Torres was able to do his Bachelor’s Degree internship with El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas. Torres remembers that it was in New York where he started to meet a group of Puerto Ricans with ideals like his. 00:40:00 Torres indicates that while he was working to organize hospital worker retirees, he saw racism against Puerto Ricans in white-dominated organizations. 00:54:00 Torres mentions that even though he has degrees and experience in union issues, the organizations that talked about discrimination did not give him leadership opportunities. 00:54:00 Torres states that he has learned that Puerto Ricans as a community have lots of issues in which they can work together, regardless of which political party they belong to or which ideology they embrace. 01:10:00 Torres gives his final thoughts on Orlando as the epicenter of the Puerto Rican community in Florida.

December 3, 2018, Recording date
Jimmy Torres
Mareitssa Griggs
1h 24m 25.0s
Location of interview

Orlando, FL

Object Type
Moving Image
Related Keywords
Education, Community, Hospitals, Migrants, Labor unions, Activists
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Juan Torres, Mercedes Velez, Sears
Related Places
Orlando, FL (interview location), Tampa, FL (is referenced), Bayamón, PR (is referenced), The Bronx (is referenced)
Related Dates
1960s, Date mentioned
1981, Date mentioned
2013, Date mentioned
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Jimmy Torres on December 3, 2018: JTor.2018.12.03. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 28 Oct 2020.
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