Dr. Hector P. Garcia Legacy Award Winner
Dr. Hector P. Garcia Legacy Award (Will be presented posthumously)
Founder and Chairman of the Board of César E. Chávez Legacy & Educational Foundation
Jaíme Martínez was born in 1946 in San Antonio, Texas, and was reared by his Mexican migrant worker grandparents in the Westside barrio, a Spanish speaking community.
His involvement in activism began in 1966 as a member of his local union in San Antonio, Texas IUE AFL-CIO Local 780, Friedrich workers. He marched and fasted for justice for the farm workers alongside César Chávez, President of the United Farm Workers of America.
Jaíme is founder and President of the César E. Chávez LULAC Council #4626 in San Antonio, Texas, and Founder of the César E. Chávez March for Justice which raises thousands of dollars for scholarships for poor migrant children to continue their education in college. He has been recognized as the top fundraiser of the year every year for the past seven years.
“The Truest Act of Courage is to Sacrifice Ourselves Totally in the Non-Violent Struggle for Justice.” – Cesár E. Chávez, March 10, 1968, Delano, California.
1990 – Jaíme Martínez was elected Treasurer of the IUE District Eleven and was unanimously elected for a second term by the Labor delegates to continue to serve as Treasurer in 1993, making him the “First Hispanic Executive Board Member” since the founding of the IUE union in 1949. Right after his election he became the Organizing Director of the IUE for 23 states west of the Mississippi.
1994 – Elected to the National Labor Council for Latin American Advancement serving 1.5 million Latinos in the United States.
1994 – Jaíme Martínez was National Labor Co-Coordinator of the historic Latino March in Washington, D.C. that was attended by 200,000 people pushing for immigrant rights.
1994/1995/1996 – Jaíme Martínez met with Latinos in Panama, Mexico, Chiapas, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica to promote International Human Rights of Immigrant workers.
1995 – Jaíme Martínez served as a member for the Nobel Peace Prize for Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
1996 – Jaíme Martínez led an international delegation of Latino Civil Rights leaders to Washington, D.C., to meet with Attorney General Janet Reno requesting an investigation of the civil rights violations of the undocumented immigrants who were beaten by the Riverside, California, Sheriff’s Deputies.
1999 – Jaíme Martínez gave testimony to the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate to declare a Texas State Holiday honoring Cesár E. Chávez on his birthday (March 31), which was unanimously passed in both the House and the Senate.
1999 – Jaíme Martínez was honored in Mexico City and received an award recognition at the 25th Congress of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies at the Centro Historico in Mexico City, for defending the human rights of Mexican people in the United States and Mexico.
1999 – Elected Director of Organizing for IUE District 8 consisting of 26 states, 23 states west of the Mississippi and 3 states east of the Mississippi; MI, IL and WI.
1999 – Jaíme Martínez was honored by La Prensa Foundation, San Antonio, Texas, as one of the 12 outstanding Hispanic Leaders in 1999.
1999 – Jaíme Martínez submitted a report and testimony in Los Angeles, California, on immigrant rights on the labor force to delegates of the AFL-CIO, representing 13.5 million workers who adopted resolution #17 “Defending the Rights of Immigrant Workers.”
2000 – Jaíme Martínez was appointed delegate to the International Metal Workers Federation World Council meeting in Washington D.C. – only 100 delegates from 25 countries were selected for this historic convention.
2001 – Jaíme Martínez was appointed National Chairperson of the Immigration Committee for the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, representing 1.5 million Latino workers in America.
2002 – Jaíme Martínez appointed Labor Advisor to the National League of the United Latin American Citizens by President Hector Flores.
2004 – Jaíme Martínez was elected Texas State President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.
2005 – Jaíme Martínez was elected National LULAC Treasurer in Little Rock, Arkansas.
2006 – Jaíme Martínez was the lead organizer and Chairperson of the 10th Annual Cesár E. Chavéz March for Justice in San Antonio, Texas. 20,000 people participated in honor of Cesár E. Chavéz.
2006 – Jaíme Martínez was the founder of the Cesár E. Chavéz Legacy & Education Foundation, a 501c3 organization in San Antonio, Texas, to preserve the life and legacy of Cesár E. Chavéz and to provide scholarships for underprivileged students.
2007 – Organized support to close the for-profit prisons at the T. Don Hutto prison in Taylor, Texas, who were holding immigrant families and children, who were living behind prison cells.
2008 – Appointed Chairperson of the Texas Immigration Labor Committee by the Texas President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement – AFL-CIO.
2008 – Elected to 4th term by acclamation for the office of National LULAC Treasurer.
2009 – Recognized as an “Extraordinary Father” on Father’s Day, by San Antonio, LULAC Council #4947
2014 – The city of San Antonio renamed Jaime P Martinez’s childhood street after him.