Narrators, Texas After Violence Project, 2007 – 2011

The insights on this website about listening to people, especially in an “oral history” context, come from many people, including the narrators who told their stories to Texas After Violence Project staff, interns, and volunteers during the period from August 2007 to September 2, 2011 (Virginia Raymond was director of the project for those four years). Not all of the narrators have consented to make their stories public yet, but they include (as of September 30, 2011), the following people:

Family members, friends, and colleagues of people who died in acts of violence

Read the transcript of the Texas After Violence Project interview with Ms. Tammy Anderson at the Texas After Violence Project website, or watch the full videotape of the interview with Tammy Anderson at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative of the University of Texas Libraries. Tammy Anderson is the mother of Anthony Fuentes, Houston, Harris County

Mr. Ireland Beazley, father of Mr. Napoleon Beazley, Grapeland, Houston County, events take place also in Smith County and in Walker County

Mr. Jamaal Beazley, brother of Mr. Napoleon Beazley, Huntsville, Walker County; events also take place in Houston County, and Smith County

Mr. Douglas M. Becker, cousin of Jerry Walker, Bexar County and Travis County

Captain Arthur Cárdenas, colleague of Deputy Keith Ruíz, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Travis County

Ms. Burnett Clay and Ms. Helen Phillips, Mother and Aunt of Keith Clay, friends of Johnny Johnson, Harris County

Ms. Tina Duroy, sister of Mr. James Colburn, Conroe, Montgomery County

Ms. Lee Greenwood, mother of Mr. Joseph Nichols, Houston, Harris County

Ms. Donna Hogan, mother of LeDuke Woodard, Houston, Harris County

Major Darren Long, friend and colleague of Deputy Keith Ruíz, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Travis County

Ms. Iliana López, friend of Brandon Shank, San Antonio, Bexar County

Ms. Ruth Marín-Eason, mother of Raúl Marín, Spring, Harris County; San Antonio, Bexar County

Ms. Carolyn Mosley, original transcript in English, mother of Ortralla Mosley, Austin, Travis County
Traducción de la entrevista con la Sra. Carolyn Mosley, madre de Otralla Mosley

Ms. Joanna Vaughn, friend of Johnny Johnson, Travis County

Deputy Roger Wade, friend and colleague of Deputy Keith Ruíz, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Travis County

Ex-Cons

Mr. Jorge Antonio Renaud, poet and author of Behind the Walls: A Guide for Families and Friends of Texas Prison Inmates (University of North Texas, 2002), Travis County

Mr. Ray Hill, queer ex-con human rights advocate, 30-year host of The Prison Show, Harris County

Law enforcement

Captain Arthur Cárdenas
, colleague of Deputy Keith Ruíz, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Travis County

Major Darren Long, friend and colleague of Deputy Keith Ruíz, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Travis County

Dr. William Petty, Austin Police Department, Travis County
Deputy Roger Wade
, friend and colleague of Deputy Keith Ruíz, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, Travis County

Warden Jim Willett, a 30-year employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice who began working at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, in 1971. Willett was the warden at the Walls/Huntsville Unit from May 1998 to his 2001 retirement, during which time he supervised eighty-nine (89) executions, Walker County

Clergy, spiritual advisors, and religious leaders

Ms. Burnett Clay
and Ms. Helen Phillips, ministers; also Mother and Aunt of Keith Clay, friends of Johnny Johnson, Harris County

Brother Richard P. Daly, CSC, St. Edward’s University, former director of the Texas Catholic Conference, Travis County

Bishop Leroy Theodore Matthiesen, late Bishop Emeritus of Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo (numerous segments, two of which are posted at present), Potter County, Randall County

Father Joe Lawless, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Corpus Christi, Nueces County

Jurors

Sean McMurrey
, juror in a capital murder trial, Travis County

Lawyers

Mr. Scott Atlas, Houston, Harris County
Mr. Douglas M. Becker, former Assistant Attorney General, Austin, Travis County

Mr. Larry Daves, civil rights lawyer in Colorado, formerly of West Texas, East Texas, and San Antonio; includes Angelina, Bexar,Jasper, Nacogdoches, and Smith Counties

Mr. Cappy Eads, former District Attorney, Bell County

Mr. Vic Feazell, Austin, Travis County, former McLennan County District Attorney, Travis County

Mr. Andrew Forsythe, Austin, Travis County, Travis County

Mr. Roy Greenwood, lawyer, Austin, Travis County, Travis County

Mr. Leon Grizzard, lawyer, Austin, Travis County, Travis County

Mr. Christopher Gunter, lawyer, Austin, Travis County, Travis County

Mr. Steve Hall, formerly with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, director of StandDown Texas, Austin, Travis County

Mr. James C. Harrington, Director, Texas Civil Rights Project, Travis County

Ms. Linda Icenhauer-Ramírez, Austin, Travis County

Mr. James Lohman, lawyer who has represented Death Row inmates in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas, Travis County

Mr. Scott Medlock, prisoners’ rights lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project, Austin, Travis County

Mr. Sam Millsap, former Bexar County District Attorney, San Antonio, Bexar County

Mr. Mark Pryor, Assistant District Attorney, Travis County

Ms. Katherine Scardino, criminal defense attorney who has handled about forty capital murder cases including fourteen jury trials

Ms. Joyce Smith, currently with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), formerly a hearing officer with the Texas Youth Commission, Travis County

Scholars & educators

Professor Roger Barnes
, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Bexar County

Professor Dennis Longmire, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Walker County

Photographers & media witnesses to executions

Mr. John Holbrook
, Private Investigator and photographer, Benbrook, Tarrant County

Ms. Jenna Jackson, reporter witness to execution (library use or library loan only for non-commercial educational use)

Mr. Alan Pogue, Texas Center for Documentary Photography, Austin, Travis County

Criminal justice or death penalty activists not already listed in another category

Ms. Christy Armell
, activist with the New Mexico Campaign to End the Death Penalty (C.E.D.P.)

Mr. David Atwood, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Houston, Harris County

Ms. Kristin Houle, Executive Director, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Austin, Travis County

Ms. Marjorie Loehlin, anti-death penalty activist, Travis County, (library use or library loan only for non-commercial educational use)

Ms. Gloria Rubac, activist, Houston, Harris County

Mr. Bob Van Steenburg, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Austin, Travis County (online at the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI) but not yet transcribed; also, there is a lag between the video and audio that we know we need to fix)

Mr. Rudolph Williams, Jr., a community activist in Austin working to eliminate law enforcement excessive use of force (police abuse), Travis County, Harris County

Advocates for education

Mr. Larry Daves, a civil rights lawyer, discusses Plyler v. Doe, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1982 that all children in the U.S., regardless of immigration status, are entitled to a free public education. Mr. Daves filed a lawsuit, originally styled Doe v. Plyler, on behalf of undocumented immigrant children and their parents in Tyler, Texas, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Judge William Wayne Justice presiding (see video 3), Smith County.

Professor Al Kauffman, of St. Mary’s Law School, former attorney for Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), discusses Edgewood v. Kirby, a lawsuit in which plaintiffs challenged the state system of school finane as unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution. Mr. Kauffman represented the plaintiffs. Bexar County

Ms. María Elena Martínez, shaman, healer, and arts advocate, former chair of La Raza Unida Party in Texas, later a bilingual education teacher and director of bilingual education in the Austin Independent School District, on bilingual education, Austin, Travis County

Judge F. Scott McCown, Executive Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities, former state district judge in Travis County, Texas, discusses Edgewood v. Kirby, a lawsuit in which plaintiffs challenged the state system of school finance as unconstitutional under the Texas Constitution. Judge McCown presided over this case during part of its long history.

Mr. Rogelio Nuñez, director of Proyecto Libertad in Harlingen and founder of the Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito, discusses the school that he and graduate school colleagues created for undocumented immigrant children in Austin during the period when Texas law prevented school districts from accepting these children except on a tuition-paying basis, Cameron County

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