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Guide to the Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection, 1983-2004
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Description
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.
Background
Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) with several other women and a priest, Monsignor John Moretta, when a proposal regarding a state prison jeopardized her children’s safety. She was born and raised in Mexico, and later moved to Texas where she married her husband Ricardo. After her marriage she moved to Boyle Heights, where she began to take active roles in helping the community. After co-founding MELA, she formed MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), becoming the president of that organization. Both groups worked to keep their community and families safe, by helping others, protesting against projects, and rising awareness on problems in the community. Gutiérrez had nine children all of which helped with the projects. She has received awards for her projects in the community, and today MELA is a well known grassroots organization.
Extent
9.50 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
The collection is open for research use.