Heartfelt words in abundance on the passing of major civil and human rights activist, the legendary Maria Jimenez. I knew her personally and always admired her. In my late 20s, she was one of my main inspirations to activism on immigrant and immigrant women's rights. What a force of nature she was, a proud legacy with impacts that will reverberate far into the future.
I share some words from my friend, Dr. Estevan Flores who makes this comment in recognition of her passing:
Another champion of immigrant rights has passed away. Maria Jimenez of Houston lost her battle to cancer. In my first career I was an immigrant rights activist and researcher. I worked in Texas with so many Chicano/a activists, we beat Texas in Doe v. Plyler in 1982 at the U.S. Supreme Court. Who was always there organizing with community, leading with an impassioned, critical and astute mind? Maria Jimenez! We served together a decade on the Board of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (S.F. CA). Maria's voice and passion will be missed. Maria Jimenez presente!
As you can read from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo's Twitter commentary and reflection below, she was a mentor to so many of us.
Rest in Power, Maria!