Elizabeth “Betita” Martinez: A Life in Struggle, Vol. 39: 2-3


Please note: This issue is out of print. However, you may still purchase the digital version (pdf download).


Tony Platt, ed.

This special double issue celebrates the life, work, and political activism of Elizabeth (Betita) Martínez. This extraordinary collection of essays and memoirs also includes a chronology of Betita’s important life events, a complete bibliography of her published writings, full-color representations of Betita by artists and photographers, some of Betita’s unpublished and out-of-print work, and a political biography based on research in her personal papers. In all, some 38 people participated in this collaborative project.

Cover art by Favianna Rodríguez


Tony Platt, Editor’s Introduction (free download)
Tessa Koning-Martínez, With All The Struggles, Remember To Keep Life Sweet
Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland Martínez: A Select Chronology
Kathryn Blackmer Reyes, Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland Martínez: Bibliography, 1960–2013
Tony PlattThe Heart Just Insists: In Struggle with Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland Martínez

• Elizabeth “Betita” Sutherland MartínezIn Her Own Words •

• Betita through Artists’ Eyes •
Works by Favianna Rodríguez, Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes of Dignidad Rebelde, John Kaine, Fernando Martí, Laura Rosenfeld, Margaret Randall, Suzie Dod Thomas, Judith Sandoval

Memories of Betita
Mike Davis, Elizabeth Occupies Wall Street
Chude Pam Allen, Always Connecting the Struggles
Angela Davis, Before I Knew Elizabeth Martínez
John Nichols, The Right Direction
Barbara Dane, Solidarity Forever
Sofía Martínez, Go-Go Betita
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, How Betita Saved My Life
Mike Miller, Searching for Common Ground
Susanne Jonas, Fellow Traveler
Alejandro Alvarez, Bridging Borders
Fredi Avalos, Bread and Roses Too
Marta López-Garza, Betita: Compañera y Mentora
Carlos Muñoz, Jr, A Chicana Icon on the Left
Max Elbaum and Ellen Kaiser, A 21st Century Activist for Peace
Olga Talamante, La Amistad Perdura/A Friendship Endures


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