Author Archives: Jade Esteban Estrada

Political Ironwoman Shirley Gonzales Is All About Going the Distance

Political Ironwoman Shirley Gonzales Is All About Going the Distance

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is sipping her cappuccino under a poster for the 2016 San Antonio Film Festival at Shotgun House Coffee Roasters, a little piece of Oslo in the heart of the West Side. Dressed in a pink sweater and a taffy-colored scarf, she’s a portrait of political

Justin Rodriguez Is Back and Ready to Focus on Ideas, Not Ideology

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. On January 12, a carefully curated tableau vivant sat behind former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro when he announced his candidacy for U.S. president at the West Side’s Plaza Guadalupe. That multicultural tapestry represented many cultures and walks of life, but it also rewarded the city’s political elite

H. Drew Galloway and His Millennial Hustle

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. I’m sitting across from H. Drew Galloway at Estate Coffee Shop on the city’s East Side. As the executive director of MOVE Texas, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to civic education and leadership development, Galloway sees his work “as giving young people a voice in our democracy.” When he

Sitting Down with Unerasable Graciela Sanchez

Originally published in the San Antonio Current. I’m sitting at Sweet Yams Café on the city’s East Side with Graciela Sanchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. The sunlight cascades down the right side of her face through the adjacent window, giving her a resplendent glow. Sanchez, who has devoted her life to

Too marvelous for words: Ken Slavin turns 25*

“I’ve lived a lot since I was 29 and I understand the songs better now than I ever did.” Jazz singer and public-relations pro Ken Slavin is San Antonio’s rara avis—a very animated anachronism from a time when gentlemen sported impeccably fitted jackets for daily wear, and equally well-tailored manners. Onstage and off, this 6-foot-two-inch

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