Crystal Zermeno has worked for over eighteen years in labor, politics and community organizing. She has served in various capacities with the Texas Organizing Project since 2010 developing campaign strategy, fundraising and, as Director of Electoral Strategy, developing and implementing TOP’s local and statewide electoral program.
Zermeno has worked with the Center for Popular Democracy as a coordinator of strategic research and organizing coordinator for California and Texas. Prior to joining TOP, Zermeno worked for the Service Employees International Union for over seven years in California and Texas as a researcher and political coordinator for public employees and the Justice for Janitors and Stand for Security campaigns in California, Texas and nationally. Zermeno’s primary responsibilities through her time with SEIU included driving corporate campaigns to support organizing and bargaining efforts for thousands of workers and working with member-driven political committees to implement broad political goals including getting pro-working families candidates elected and moving political support for organizing and bargaining goals through empowering workers.
Zermeno has also worked as staff on a number of different political campaigns including a successful State Assembly race in Alameda County California and the SEIU New Mexico effort in Albuquerque and Las Cruces to elect President Obama.
In addition, Zermeno worked with PowerPAC.org as their Director of Operations, conducting a statewide mapping of California to assess priority geographies for investment in electoral work with the expressed goal of improving participation of communities of color in the electoral process.
Aimee Allison connection
Aimee Allison August 3, 2018 ·
This Friday at NetRoots I will gather together some of our nation's top political strategists who are fighting to win in swing states across the country - Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Virginia. It's the first conversation of its kind - highlighting the excellence, vision, and skill of these women of color leading the New American Majority playbook. Tram Nguyen LaTosha Brown Sayu Bhojwani Crystal Zermeno @ DeJuana Thompson.
209 protesters stage march to Palo Alto
A group of students who spearheaded the pre-election struggle against Proposition 209 continued the fight November 14 1996, with a loud and visible protest in White Plaza and a march to Palo Alto. Although the measure — sometimes called the California Civil Rights Initiative — passed by a significant margin in the Nov. 5 election, the students said they felt larger issues of discrimination remain to be addressed. Prop. 209 "represents a nationwide wave of legislation that's taking aim at minorities all over," said sophomore Francisco Najera. "People are no longer seeing the benefits of minorities and diversity." Armed with signs that screamed "Hell no on 209!" and "Who pushed rewind?," the group held a rally at noon in White Plaza and then marched through campus and into downtown Palo Alto. Student protesters were given a chance to voice their views at the rally. As the small hut vigilant group of students who mobilized in front of the Claw began to chant "209, no! Affirmative action, yes!," the throng grew stronger in number and volume. During a short rally, students gave speeches imploring their peers to get involved. By the end of the rally, the group had swelled to more than 40 students.
Afterward, the group moved out with chants of "Fight 209 and the status quo" and "Justice now!" and began a slow march down Palm Drive and University Avenue. Waving signs that read, "Honk if you support us," the group of protesters, escorted by a pair of police officers on motorcycles, reached a crescendo in Palo Alto, where passers-by leaned out of windows and shop doors. One elderly man on his lunch break bragged to his business partner, "209. Yeah, I voted against that, too." After spending about 30 minutes marching downtown, the pro- testers returned to White Plaza There, the protest leaders spoke about "a nationwide attack on di versity." "Just because at Stanford wc have affirmative action doesn't mean everything is OK," sophomore Crystal Zermeno said. "We don't live in isolation. We have to fight in solidarity with all the schools that this affects." "We are fighting in support of Berkeley and their struggles," affirmed Najera. Several students at UC-Berkeley last week were arrested as they protested the passage of the proposition and an end to affirmative action in the UC system. The protesters said they were pleased that Stanford will continue to use affirmative action in its admissions procedures. "One good thing that's come out of the controversy is the improved communication between minorities and University officials," said one of the speakers. "We must continue that communication." After the rally, sophomore N'Kenge Haines said she feels fighting for minority rights is her responsibility. "It's an important fight for me, both as a minority and a woman," she said. "It's something I should do, something my relatives did for me.
Stanford Park Hotel boycott
Students from a range of campus groups met April 24 1996 to discuss plans for the continuation of a year-old local boycott of the Stanford Park Hotel, aiming to put a dent into the hotel's expected revenues during one of its busiest times — graduation. For over a year, students, community members and activists have been protesting the treatment of immigrant workers at the hotel and the chain it belongs to, the nonunion Western Lodging Group. "I think it's really important that people on this campus recognize how we, our families and surrounding communities are contributing to the kind of situations occurring in the Stanford Park Hotel, and that we take action to oppose it," said freshman Deborah Orosz, who is active in Resistance Action orGanizing Education. At the meeting, students discussed their two main focus areas for the rest of the quarter: preventing parents and others from staying at the hotel during graduation and targeting departments which use the hotel for lunch meetings, conferences and booking out-of-town guests. Among the possible plans of action are having those graduating seniors who are involved in the boycott wear stickers, pins, ban-ners and other things on graduation day to show their concern.
The students also discussed ways to publicize and promote the boycott on campus, which may include sending letters to departments, posting fliers, speaking at dorms and contacting the graduation keynote speaker. According to Elaine Peterson, a representative of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, Stanford Park is the "flagship hotel of the chain" and also the biggest moneymaker.
Freshman Crystal Zermeno who is involved in MEChA, attended the meeting. "I don't think we're doing enough as Stanford students as far as seeing what our university has invested in ant standing up for the rights of people in our community," she said. Sophomore Abigail Kramer, a member of Students for Environmental Action at Stanford/ said it is important that the Stanford community in particular suppon this cause. "Stanford is an institution tha has a lot of power, and it's important that we as students and facul ty are aware of that and use tha power responsibly," Kramer said.
Human rights awareness forum
Speakers from Stanford and Bay Area organizations urged students to take responsibility for the treatment of fellow humans at a human rights awareness forum May 28 1996 in White Plasa. The forum, which lasted more than an hour, featured speakers from Friends of Tibet, the Stanford Park Hotel and the Human Rights Defense Committee of San Jose. Gary Wood, a member of the committee, welcomed listeners, saying that the purpose of the forum was to create a sense of "collective responsibility and campus awareness." Wood said the forum would address the "first human right" — the right to life. Speaker Socorro Zapien — who was fired from Lafayette Park, a hotel in the Stanford Park Hotel chain — spoke on the "abuses and injustices" she saw everyday at the hotel.
Elaine Peterson, an active member of the Hotel and Restaurant Workers' Union, exhorted students to boycott the Stanford Park Hotel. A representative of Cop Watch, Cornelius Hall, spoke about a fatal police shooting during which his son was shot in the back of the head. He told students to "stand up" for their rights and "refuse to be abused."
Also present at the human rights forum were Stanford activist groups Resistance Action Organizing Education (RAGE), Students for Environmental Action at Stanford and Disabled Students of Stanford. Junior Daniel Davis, an active member of Disabled Students of Stanford, called for expanded campus access for the disabled. "We want people to know that equal access includes extracurricular as well as academic activities," Davis said. The student organization is asking for another community room in which it can hold activities. Sponsored by MEChA, a Chicano / Latino student group, the human rights awareness forum was the first of its kind. Freshman Crystal Zermeno, a key organLzer of the event, said MEChA began planning the forum after the Human Rights Defense Committee of San Jose inquired to see if such an event could be held at the University. Zermeno said Stanford wanted the forum to include groups both on and off campus. "We wanted the organizations to work together on things; that's why we chose White Plaza," Zermeno said. Zermeno said she thought the forum reached a considerable number of students, although she would have liked to have seen more stop and listen. "I had hoped for more students," she said. MEChA will discuss whether the forum would continue on an annual or quarterly basis, Zermeno said. "Hopefully the forum will continue."
Stop Prop. 209
Dissatisfaction and unrest circulated through the Stanford campus campus November 1996 week in response to the passage of Proposition 209, which eliminates preferential treatment in California's public sector. To college students, Prop. 209 means an end to the use of race, ethnicity, sex or national origin as one of the supplemental criteria for selecting public university members from a pool of eligible students. "I'm glad that Stanford students see the benefits of affirmative action," said junior Cindy Urquidez, a strong proponent of campus-wide activism and a member of the Stop Prop. 209 group. "Unfortunately, this was not true on the state level. I hope [those] students continue with the mentality that they voted with.
Responding to the outcome of Stanford students voting, senior Felipe Barragan, a MEChA officer said, "That's great. It's an indication of the work done by students to get the truth out about the proposition. It's not only the women and minorities who are affected." The proposition "was deceptive," he said, "and once people saw the truth underneath the wording, they voted against it."
However, fully aware of the repercussions of the legislation, concerned students assembled in the basement of Casa Zapata late Thursday night to organize action against the implementation of Prop. 209. Among the groups represented at the meeting were MEChA, the Asian American Students Association, the Black Student Union, the Women's Coalition and the original Stop Prop. 209 committee. Thoughts ranged from staging peaceful demonstrations to contacting state officials to demanding that Casper publicly denounce Prop. 209. Since no concrete plans emerged at the meeting, another is scheduled for sometime this week. Sophomores Crystal Zermeno and Gaby Ruiz, who were actively involved in the Stop Prop. 209 committee from the onset, were propelled to organize the post-legislation meeting, following their participation in a protest at UCBerkeley last week.
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Texas Organizing Project June 30, 2016;
Today, we're celebrating Ginny Goldman's last day as TOP's executive director. Thank you Ginny for having the vision, passion and courage to help found this organization and for leading it for more than six years. We love you! — with Crystal Zermeno, Tarsha Jackson, Daniel Joseph Barrera, Mitzi Ordonez, Luvia Tapia, Mary Moreno Montejano, Tiffany Bergman Hogue, Tarah Taylor, Dorothy Dotty Wagner, Bri Brown, Michelle Tremillo, Gloria Villarreal, Robert Tiznado, Laquita Garcia, Ginny Goldman, Constance C. Luo, Allison Brim, John Moore, Brandon Morgan, Kimberly Olsen, Lola Garcia, Laura Perez-Boston and Silvia Chicas.
Supporting Lucy Flores
Steve Phillips October 15, 2014 ·
Had a great event last night for Lucy Flores's campaign for Nevada Lt. Gov. And with special guests CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Obama's nominee for Ambassador to Mexico, Maria Echaveste! — with Yukiya Jerry Waki, Laura Brady, Johanna Silva Waki, Andrea Dew Steele, Amy Chen and Crystal Zermeno.
Sandler Phillips Center Advisory Board
Sandler Phillips Center Advisory Board, as of May 25 2018;
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- PowerPAC+ Board of Directors, accessed Dec. 1, 2014.