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CATCH THE NEXT SEEKS EQUITY IN EDUCATION




CATCH THE NEXT SEEKS EQUITY IN EDUCATION


St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrating the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. However, this holiday can be seen by many Mexican Americans as a memorial for the Irish who gave their lives during the Mexican American War—The San Patricio Battalion.

Dr. Rafael Castillo, CTN Director of Publications and Special Projects, recently published an op-ed in the San Antonio Express News entitled, “The San Patricio Battalion Still Remembered.” Here is an excerpt from his article:

In the plaza of San Angel, Mexico, a plaque reads, “In Memory of the Heroic Battalion of St. Patrick Martyrs Who Gave Their Lives in the Mexican Cause during the Unjust North American Invasion of 1847.”

The St. Patrick’s Battalion (1846-1848), part of the Mexican army made up of men of European descent, was led by John Reilly, a union soldier who deserted because he felt compelled to follow a higher order than a decree that violated human rights and basic human decency.

Capt. John Riley of Galway, Ireland, became disillusioned with his newly adopted country after a series of misfortunes at the hands of military officers…Riley led the unit composed of hundreds of immigrants and expatriates of European descent who fought with brave hearts in five major battles from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, to Churubusco in Mexico City.

Riley is not forgotten in his native Ireland nor the country that adopted him.

Diversity, within a significant group, can have a positively long-lasting impact on the way society functions. The Irish and Mexicans organized and fought for a common good, believing in what was right. Today, CTN continues that philosophy by uniting individuals from all diverse backgrounds to win the battle for equity in higher education.




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