Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection, 1978-2004

Title: Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection, 1978-2004
ID: URB/MELA
Extent: 6.92 Linear Feet
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Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) with several other women and a priest, Monsignor John Moretta. After co-founding MELA, she formed MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), becoming the president of that organization. Both groups worked to keep their communities and families safe by assisting others, organizing protests, and raising awareness within the community. Gutiérrez had nine children, all of whom assisted with MELA projects. She has received awards for her work within the community and today MELA is a well-known grassroots organization.

The records of the Mothers of East Los Angeles consist primarily of correspondence to and from Mothers of East Lost Angeles members, as well as newspaper clippings regarding the Mothers during their activities. It also contains flyers, magazine articles and certificates for achievements of MELA.

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Finding Aid with Box List
Series I: Administrative Records, 1984-2002
Series II: Community Activism, 1978-2004
Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004
Series IV: Exhibition Materials, 1987-2002