Al Rojas

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Al Rojas


Al Rojas was formerly a farmworker, and UFW labor organizer from 1961 to 1979, coordinator for the Pittsburgh Grape Boycott from 1968-1970, SEIU Local 1000 labor leader and former California State Deputy Labor Commissioner. He is currently vice-president of the Sacramento Labor Council for Latin American Advancement chapter.[1]

In 1994 he was a member of the DSA National Political Committee and a co-chair of the DSA Latino Commission. He was president of North Americans for Democracy in Mexico.[2]

UFW connection

For Duane Campbell, for Al Rojas, Dolores Delgado Campbell and others in the Democratic Socialists of America Latino Commission , the Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers was a school for organizing.[3]

Like hundreds of activists in labor and community organizations today, we were trained in the union. This cadre of organizers is the UFW's second legacy.

Democratic Socialists of America

In 1994, Al Rojas of Sacramento, California was a member of the Democratic Socialists of America Steering Committee.[4]

Open letter to the Davis Chamber of Commerce

The following is an open letter to the Davis Chamber of Commerce: circa 2018.

We, the undersigned community members, are writing to you because we are deeply concerned by your decision to honor Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel as “Partner of the Year” at your upcoming 113th annual Installation Gala on Jan. 20, and we urge you to revoke this award immediately.

Regardless of your motives, bestowing a special honor on the chief of police at this particular moment demonstrates at best an ignorance of recent events and at worst contempt for those who are currently working to bring about positive change in our community.

Signed by Rebecca Ambrose, Juliette Beck, Rachel Beck, Eddie Bell, Katelynn Bishop, Linda Bresnick, Bryn Buchanan, Joaquin Chavez, Jacqueline Clemens, L. Edward Clemens, Barbara Clutter, Linda Deos, Francisco Dominguez, Skylar Downes, Kristal Edwards-Jones, Ashley Eisenmenger, Nancy Erickson, Marilee Eusebio, Caitlin French, Teresa Geimer, Connor Gorman, Jen Higley-Chapman, Emily Hill, Dillan Horton, Melissa Johnson-Camacho, William Kelly, Harry Kendall, Suzanne Kimmel, Airy Krich-Brinton, Aparna Komarla, Gregory Lang, Chris Lodgson, Justine Massey, Kate Mellon-Anibaba, Jann Murray-García, Nora Oldwin, Stephanie Parreira, Gloria Partida, Frank Pinto, Sarita Pinto, Michael Rawls, Sean Raycraft, Al Rojas, Desiree Rojas, Neil Ruud, Carole Standing Elk, Ernest Walker, Isabel Warner, Natalie Wormeli and Francesca Wright.

References

  1. http://peoplesworld.org/why-working-in-the-fields-is-no-laughing-matter/] Why working in the fields is no laughing matter, Al Rojas, Peoples World, July 27,2010
  2. [democraticleft.dsausa.org/files/sites/6/2018/12/DL_1994_V022_03_final.pdf ]
  3. Dem.Left Sept./Oct. 1993, page 33
  4. email from C Riddiough to S Tarzynski Dec 9 1994