Martinez, Nury

Los Angeles City Councilmember


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An oral history of Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember and environmental activist. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Martinez’s time spent in office as well as her work as an environmental activist. Specially, this interview talks about Martinez’s childhood and adolescent years in Pacoima, California; why her mom’s job at Price Pfister was so important; tells how her parents met and why they immigrated to the United States; talks about why it was beneficial to have socially progressive parents; shares memories of her first job at an HIV and STD prevention clinic; discusses the challenges of being an ESL student; talks about when Price Pfister announced they were moving to Mexico and how it motivated her to protest the closure with her mom; shares how the closure influenced the economy of the San Fernando Valley; reflects on her childhood role models; talks about her social activism during high school, why she attended Cal State Northridge, and her passion for the HIV and AIDS community; tells how she became involved in politics and what she learned from her first campaign; shares how she met her husband, Jerry, and why they married; explains why she decided to run for city council and how her parents reacted to her decision to run; tells why her election to the L.A. Unified School Board was one of two memorable elections and what it was like campaigning while eight months pregnant; talks about the challenges of being a working mom including: logistics of nursing her daughter while working full-time and serving on the L.A. School Board; discusses how the media compares female candidates to their male counterparts; and finally, talks about improving L.A. City Schools through her tenure on the school board.

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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, Councilwoman Martinez’ office, Los Angeles City Hall, January 2016.
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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, Councilwoman Martinez’ office, Los Angeles City Hall, January 2016.

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Title An oral history with Nury Martinez
Date 2016-02-19
WPA ID WPA_042
OH ID OH 5804.2
Citation Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, February 19, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5804.2, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:09 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects Environmentalism
Community Organizations → Pacoima Beautiful
City Council → Los Angeles City Council
Activism → Trans Latina Transgender Activism
Family → Parenting → Working Mom
Elections → Election Campaign Strategies
Elections → Local Elections
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking
Gender and Sexuality → Image Perception/Beauty Standards

Abstract

This is the second session of the oral history of Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember and environmental activist. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Martinez’s time spent in office as well as her role as an environmental activist. Specifically, this interview speaks about Martinez’s work with Pacoima Beautiful, why she took the job as executive director, and her work converting superfund site of former Price Pfister; talks about the challenges of being a working mom including: logistics of nursing her daughter while working full-time and serving on the L.A. School Board; explains why she ran for L.A. City; shares how she overcame contentious runoff and reorganized her campaign strategy to reach constituents; shares how it felt to win the City Council election; describes her first days as councilmember and the experience of being the only women on the City Council; talks about why she thinks women hold themselves to a higher standard than men and why more women don’t run for office; comments on how the value of her role as a Latina City Councilmember; and finally, talks about what issues are most important to her as a councilmember including: combatting prostitution and human trafficking in the 6th district and improving local neighborhoods.

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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, Councilwoman Martinez’ office, Los Angeles City Hall, February 2016.
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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, Councilwoman Martinez’ office, Los Angeles City Hall, February 2016.

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5804.3_T01_online.mp3

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ID 43
Title An oral history with Nury Martinez
Date -00-00
WPA ID
OH ID OH 5804.3
Citation Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, February 19, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5804.3, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:09 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects City Council → Los Angeles City Council
Counties → Los Angeles → Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Activism → Homelessness
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
Sexism → Sexism in the Workplace
Environmentalism
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Family → Marriage
Family → Parenting
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Family → Family Advocacy
Women's Organizations → Ready for Women
Locations → San Fernando Valley
Politics → conventions

Abstract

This is the third session of the oral history of Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember and environmental activist. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Martinez’s time spent in office as well as her role as an environmental activist. Specifically, this interview talks about what it takes to be an effective city councilmember; how her time on the time on the San Fernando school board helped her transition to the city council; what issues are most important to her as a councilmember including: homelessness, the environment, education, and human trafficking; questions why more women aren’t elected to local office; describes her fellowship program, Ready for Women and how it benefits young women interested in politics; why she considers herself a feminist; talks about her unique perspective as a Latina on the L.A. city council and what’s it’s like being the only female on the city council; describes her leadership style; talks about her efforts as chair of the Energy and Environment Committee; how women (including 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton) are judged differently than men as political officials; shares advice to young women considering running for political office; talks about why it’s important for women to be in politics and how women look at community issues differently than men; how Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election will impact future women running for office; shares about her experience watching Hillary Clinton accepting the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Philadelphia; why her husband is her political mentor; how she balances work and family life; shares humorous anecdotes about her daughter and her interest in politics; and finally, shares what she’s most proud of her personal and professional life.

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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez after interview, September 2016.
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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez (left) and Natalie M. Fousekis after interview, September 2016.
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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie M. Fousekis, Councilwoman Martinez’ office, Los Angeles City Hall, September 2016.

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5804.3_T01_online.mp3

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ID 79
Title An oral history with Nury Martinez
Date 2016-09-23
WPA ID WPA_078
OH ID OH 5804.3
Citation Nury Martinez interviewed by Natalie Fousekis, September 23, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5804.3, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:16 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects City Council → Los Angeles City Council
Counties → Los Angeles → Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
Activism → Homelessness
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism
Sexism → Sexism in Politics
Sexism → Sexism in the Workplace
Environmentalism
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Family → Marriage
Family → Parenting
Family → Childhood Experiences → children of immigrants or refugees
Family → Family Advocacy
Women's Organizations → Ready for Women
Locations → San Fernando Valley
Politics → conventions

Abstract

This is the third session of the oral history of Nury Martinez, Los Angeles City Councilmember and environmental activist. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding Martinez’s time spent in office as well as her role as an environmental activist. Specifically, this interview talks about what it takes to be an effective city councilmember; how her time on the time on the San Fernando school board helped her transition to the city council; what issues are most important to her as a councilmember including: homelessness, the environment, education, and human trafficking; questions why more women aren’t elected to local office; describes her fellowship program, Ready for Women and how it benefits young women interested in politics; why she considers herself a feminist; talks about her unique perspective as a Latina on the L.A. city council and what’s it’s like being the only female on the city council; describes her leadership style; talks about her efforts as chair of the Energy and Environment Committee; how women (including 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton) are judged differently than men as political officials; shares advice to young women considering running for political office; talks about why it’s important for women to be in politics and how women look at community issues differently than men; how Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election will impact future women running for office; shares about her experience watching Hillary Clinton accepting the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in Philadelphia; why her husband is her political mentor; how she balances work and family life; shares humorous anecdotes about her daughter and her interest in politics; and finally, shares what she’s most proud of her personal and professional life.

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Description> Councilwoman Nury Martinez when she first was elected, 2015.