Throughout my adult life I have participated in organized political struggle, as well as been active in dozens of popular efforts defending the interests of the Mexicano-Latino community of San Diego. This work has included advocacy for educational rights, barrio youth, Chicano Park, prisoners, women, ending police and border-related abuses, organized labor, Latin American solidarity, independent electoral campaigns, community media, as well as many other issues. The following is a limited sample highlighting my work as a political person at UCSD.
– The UCSD Garibaldi. Co-founder and member of the Editorial Committee of this UCSD graduate student quarterly newspaper. This paper was published in 2009 and 2010.
– UCSD GSA. 2007 – 2009, UCSD Graduate Student Association representative for the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.
– Voz Fronteriza. Former editor and supporter of this undergraduate student quarterly newspaper (1990-1995). VF was first published in 1976, and for decades served to represent the voice of Chicana and Chicano students at UCSD.
– Member of the first graduating class (1995) of the Ethnic Studies Department at UCSD, and participated in the original student-led struggle for the creation of the campus Cross-Cultural Center.
Below is a partial list of my community work in the struggle for economic and social justice.
- 1991 – Present. Active participant in the work of Somos Raza Barrio Youth Project. 1992-1997, Editor of Somos Raza Magazine, publication of Somos Raza. 1992-1995, Coordinator (current organizer) of Escuelita Aztlan, a community-based Saturday School for youth to develop critical consciousness. Current editor and webmaster of somosraza.org and the Somos YouTube Channel.
- 1992 – 1995. Former editor of ¡La Verdad! newspaper.
- 1992 – 1996. Co-founder and first editor of Pueblo Unido, newspaper for the Raza Rights Coalition.
- 1993. Co-founder of the Chicano Mexicano Prison Project (CMPP), and first editor of Las Calles y La Torcida, an educational and advocacy publication for prisoners.
- 1994. Co-founder of the Association of Raza Educators (ARE).
- 1995. Independently edited and published the book EZLN, a collection of articles and documents detailing the first two-years of public struggle taken on by the Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional.
- 1996. Co-founder of the Comité de Mujeres Patricia Marín (CMPM).
- 1996 – 1999. Former coordinator and leading member of the Chicano Press Association (now the RPMA).
- 1997 – 2002. Former member of the Chicano Park Steering Committee.
- 1999. Independently edited and published the book Stolen Revolution, a collection of articles and documents focused on political struggles in Mexico from 1930 to 1996.
- 2000 – 2006. Co-founder and original community advisor to the Association of United Housekeepers (AUH) – an attempt to form an independent “minority union” for hotel housekeepers in San Diego. This effort was born out of the struggles to organize the housekeeping departments of the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in 2000 and the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego in 2006.
- 2013. Director/ videographer/ editor/ writer of A People’s History of the Mexican Revolution, a brief video history of the Mexican Revolution created for high school youth. This video has 200k views.
- Independent publisher, co-editor, and co-author of numerous web-pages, dozens of pamphlets/ booklets, and hundreds of flyers.
- I fulfilled the role of Outreach Coordinator in multiple independent electoral campaigns for 8th City Council District in San Diego, and in National City.
- Former teacher/advisor to MEChA at Memorial Junior High School.