The Willie Velásquez Statue Fund
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) invite you to make a tax-deductible donation to the SVREP—Willie Velasquez Statue Fund to create and mount Willie’s statue.
SVREP is proud to announce the partnership with the Bexar County Judge and Commissioners to create and mount a statue with the image of the late William C. Velásquez on the lawns of the new Bexar County Election Offices on Frio Street in San Antonio, Texas.
Donors, no matter the size of the gift, will be listed in the SVREP website under the Willie Velásquez Statue Fund.
Donations will pay for the artists/sculptor, materials and mounting of the statue. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to the Willie Velásquez Statue Fund, to make your donation click here
About William C. Velásquez
William C. Velásquez was the founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project in 1974. He envisioned a time when Latinos would play an important role in the American Democratic process. His legacy began in Texas.
His involvement with Latino organizations was extensive. In 1968 as Boycott Coordinator for the United Farm Workers (UFW), he organized strikes at the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. After leaving the UFW he became the founder and director of the Mexican American Unity Council in San Antonio, Texas. In 1970 he was named Field Director of the Southwest Council of La Raza.
In 1995, Willie was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton. In 1996, his name was attached to the US Senate version of the Voting Rights Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 1996.
In 2013, the Texas legislature passed a bill to make May 9th the Willie Velasquez Day of Recognition.
Reynaldo Sonny Rivera
- Reynaldo Rivera's sculptures reflect the values, spirit and cultural traditions that existed in the Southwest. His bronze figures are recognizable because of their strong, interpretive style. Rivera works to capture the rugged existence and valiant heroism of those who helped form the Southwest.
- Rivera has been commissioned by the Onate Monument Center; the Albuquerque Museum; the Albuquerque Zoological Park; Fort Selden State Monument; The City of El Paso; Clovis Community College; the County of Bernalillo's Public Art Program; and the City of Albuquerque's 1% for the Arts Program to create his life size bronze sculptors.
- Rivera’s large-scale sculptures are in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the United States.
- Rivera's studied at the American Academy of Arts in Chicago, the Galleria Della Arte in Florence, Italy, and San Miguel de Allende Institute in Mexico. He studied under the late Master Sculptor and Painter Eugene Hall.
- Rivera, a native New Mexican resides with his family in Albuquerque near, where he is fulfilling his life-long dream of working on historic, cultural and theme pieces.
Willie Velásquez Statue Partners and Sponsors
National Administrative Office
320 El Paso Street
San Antonio, Texas 78207
Phone: (210) 922-0225
Fax: (210) 932-4055
California Regional Office
2914 N. Main St. 1st Floor, Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90031