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8TH

GENERATION

TEXAN

THE CÁRDENAS FAMILY HAS DEEP TEXAS ROOTS, TRACING BACK LONG BEFORE 1848. FROM RANCHING TO FARMING, WE HAVE BEEN A PART OF TEXAS HISTORY. 

 

FOR MORE THAN THREE GENERATIONS OUR FAMILY HAS CALLED WHARTON COUNTY, HOME. MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS MOVED ALONG FOLLOWING RAILROAD WORK THROUGHOUT THE AREA AND MY GRANDFATHER, JOSE CÁRDENAS, SETTLED IN LOUISE AND BECAME PART OF THE LEGACY OF HARD WORKING FARMERS, BOTH IN THE COTTON FIELDS AND RICE MILLS. 

COMMUNITY

ORGANIZER

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING RUNS IN MY BLOOD.  EVEN GOING AS FAR BACK AS THE 1930s WHEN MY MOTHER'S FAMILY, DELEON SISTERS OF MEDINA COUNTY, WERE PART OF THE HISTORIC 'CRUZ AZUL MEXICANA' CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION, DEDICATED TO SERVING THE NEEDS OF FAMILIES FACING DISCRIMINATION.

 

IN MY OWN LIFE, GROWING UP IN LOUISE, I HAD GREAT EXAMPLES IN MY PARENTS, WHO WERE DEDICATED TO BEING INVOLVED IN OUR COMMUNITY.  BOTH WERE PART OF OUR LOCAL L.U.L.A.C. CHAPTER, MY FATHER AS THE SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRMAN AND MY MOTHER HAS HELD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT. 

 

EARLY ON THEY INSTILLED IN ME THE LOVE OF COMMUNITY AND TAUGHT ME THE IMPORTANCE OF SPEAKING UP AND WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD. 

DURING COLLEGE I BEGAN MY OWN JOURNEY WITH CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FOUNDED THE TEXAS L.U.L.A.C. YOUNG ADULT COUNCIL AT SOUTHWEST  TEXAS  STATE UNIVERSITY (NOW TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SAN MARCOS) AS WELL AS, COUNCILS IN 10 OTHER COLLEGES. 

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PUBLIC-SCHOOL

EDUCATOR

OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES I HAVE CONTINUED SERVING THE COMMUNITY AND AS A PUBLIC EDUCATOR I HAVE FOUGHT TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO EQUAL PUBLIC EDUCATION.


DURING MY TIME AS THE L.U.L.A.C. STATE DIRECTOR, I WORKED WITH THE STATE N.A.A.C.P. AND TOGETHER WE FOUGHT AGAINST CURRICULUM CHANGES AND STANDARDIZED TESTS THAT WERE DEEMED RACIALLY OR ETHNICALLY BIASED AND HISTORICALLY INACCURATE.   

THROUGH MY INVOLVEMENT WITH VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS: TEXAS H.O.P.E., TEXAS L.U.L.A.C., THE STATE TEJANO DEMOCRATS AND OUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL TEJANO ORGANIZATION AND F.F.A. CHAPTER, I HAVE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO BE A VOICE FOR THE RURAL COMMUNITIES, COORDINATING MEETINGS BETWEEN F.F.A. MEMBERS AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEES.

 

WORKING TOGETHER IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ADDRESS THE MOST CRITICAL ISSUES AFFECTING THE COMMUNITIES OF TEXAS THAT ARE OFTEN IGNORED.  

OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS, I HAVE TRAVELED WIDELY THROUGHOUT THE STATE, ADDRESSING LOCAL ISSUES AND HOSTING FORUMS ON EDUCATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS, HELPING TO BUILD COALITIONS WITH A FOCUS ON EDUCATION AND REDISTRICTING.

Joey Cárdenas is graduate of  Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University - San Marcos) where he received a B.A. degree in History and a minor in Spanish with a teacher’s certification in secondary schools

He has been a public-school educator for over 25 years

Former titles include: Texas LULAC State Director - Texas HOPE State Chairman - Texas Tejano Democrats State Chairman 

He resides in Louise, Texas