AGIF members present a check to the family of Guadalupe Vera. Direct support was one of many ways AGIF chapters aided the poor in their communities.
Dr. Garcia and his sister Clotilde participate in a march to demand rights for farm workers.
In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. invited Dr. Garcia to a meeting to address the urgent needs of the nation’s poor.
In this 1972 letter, labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez thanks Dr. Garcia for his support of a nationwide protest on behalf of farm workers.
In this document, the AGIF outlines its plan to address the deplorable living conditions in the colonias along the Texas-Mexico border.
In this video clip, Dr. Garcia visits and documents the conditions in one of Texas’ colonias.
Dr. Garcia was appalled by the conditions in Mexican American barrios (neighborhoods), in migrant labor camps, and in the poverty-stricken towns on the Texas-Mexico border, known as colonias. He focused on improving quality of life for Mexican Americans in the home and in the workplace. Other prominent civil rights activists of the time, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, praised these efforts.