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Harriet “Mandy” Pino Oral History Interview


Harriet “Mandy” Pino Oral History Interview

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Mandy Pino was born in Mentmore, NM, a coal mining town outside Gallup NM. Her early life took place in the turbulent Labor struggle and strike of 1933 that involved the United Mineworkers of America (UMWA) as well as the more short-lived National Miners’ Union. Pino remembers the conflict and highly charged period where “dirty Bolsheviks” was a term leveled against the striking miners in picket lines. Describing herself as a radical Democrat, she shares a story of her politicization by association with the Quakers, Communist youth groups, and the Merrill Palmer Institute in Early Childhood Education in intercity Detroit. Pino continued political work in New Mexico as part of the Grassroots Democratic Committee starting in 1958. She is a current member of the NM Progressive Democrats of America Central NM chapter. Pino has spent a lifetime working on social justice issues focused on aging with dignity, affordable and accessible health care, and Labor justice concerns.

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1933 Coal strikes Gallup NM, Chihuahua Town Gallup, miners’ picket lines, the Depression, Gallup Indian Ceremonial, Quakes, Wayne State, Communism, HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee), Ron Pollack and the Villiers Foundation, NM State Conference on Aging, American Health Security Act, New Mexicare legislation (Lucky Varela and Max Coll).


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Harriet “Mandy” Pino Oral History Interview