5 Reasons WHY I would vote for Maria Cabildo for CONGRESS (if I could) by Hector Flores
1) FUTURE is FEMALE – most organizations that I have worked for have been led by strong, strategic, and intelligent womyn … whether it be Sabrina Smith & Alejandra Marroquin at SCOPE, Maria Brenes & Lydia Avila at ICS, Jung Hee Choi at CoCo or Oona Chatterjee at AEJ (and many many others). In particular to the Eastside, there has been amazing leadership, but many times men are provided the opportunities, support and resources to lead at the local, state and national level. I feel proud to have worked with Maria in my early organizing days and feel that female leadership & experience like hers is needed in order to begin to challenge systems of patriarchy in our “democratic” institutions.
2) Over 20 Years of Grassroots Leadership – Maria has been a strategic organizer and coalition builder for over 20 years. She is most known for her work as the Executive Director at “ELACC” (East Los Angeles Community Corporation), which is how I met her when I was organizing youth for educational justice in Boyle Heights. Maria’s main focus and work was to develop strategies and policies that would confront ‘gentrification,’ stop the displacement of families, and create affordable housing for working class families in the Eastside of Los Angeles.
3) Built Affordable Housing for the Eastside – While many
people talk about “Gentrification,” Maria actually did something about the dismantling of rent control and was Pro-active. With her leadership and work w/ ELACC, she developed more than 530 Affordable housing units in the Eastside of Los Angeles.
4) Launched the “LEGALIZE Street Vending Campaign” which worked to de-criminalize working class (mostly immigrant) food vendors. After a 10 year campaign, the LA City Council just recently announced that it would develop policy to support “street vendors” and it would immediately stop the criminalization of street vendors by law enforcement.
5) HELLA EXPERIENCE Needed to Make Change – Maria’s
resume puts most people to shame … or maybe it’s just me lol! After almost 20 years with ELACC, she was tapped by the Mayor of LA to be on the Planning Commission, where she saw the “interconnectedness of the city’s neighborhoods.” After that, she was tapped as the chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who recently was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
To say the least, Maria is a bad-ass who was once named the “Patron Saint of Boyle Heights” by the LA Weekly and was recently endorsed by the LA TIMES for her work against gentrification and for affordable housing and immigrant rights.
There are more than 20 candidates running, but I have been working in the Eastside for over 10 years and I don’t know 90% of these folks. The only ones I know that are doing dope work are Maria and my homegirl Wendy Carrillo who is an amazing journalist and advocate for human rights.
Maria has the experience, intelligence and drive to lead this country if she wanted to … But right now she’s just running for Congress. I have faith in Maria, not because of here promises, but because of her track record. I support her 100% … And hope that you do to.
See if you are eligible at lavote.net and get out there!
Polls close at 8:00 pm. Maria Cabildo for California’s 34th Congressional District! #Maria4Congress
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