WGBH Openvault

La Plaza; Conversations With Ilan Stavans: Rocío Saenz

APT Master LPLZ 406

License Clip

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Undigitized item: Request Digitization

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

La Plaza
Conversations With Ilan Stavans: Rocío Saenz
Program Number

LPLZ 406

Series Description

Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Rocio Saenz, the charismatic leader of successful movements to unionize janitors in both Los Angeles and Boston speaks with Ilan Stavans about the motivation behind her work on behalf of the largely immigrant workforce.

Who cleans our cities? Where do they come from? Why don’t they have a voice? Union leader, Rocío Saenz speaks with Ilan Stavans about her experience as an immigrant, her work with the Southern California unions, the obstacles that she faces in Boston, and what her achievements will mean to future generations.



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Conversations With Ilan Stavans: Rocío Saenz,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81BEF509EF9C4804A399EC064C249B32.
MLA: “La Plaza; Conversations With Ilan Stavans: Rocío Saenz.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81BEF509EF9C4804A399EC064C249B32>.
APA: La Plaza; Conversations With Ilan Stavans: Rocío Saenz. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_81BEF509EF9C4804A399EC064C249B32
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.