Rosa Rosales

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Rosa Rosales

Rosa Rosales is a San Antonio Texas, activist.


Ms. Rosales was born in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Michigan.Rosa has been married to Dr. Rodolfo Rosales for 39 years and has 3 sons: Rodolfo Rosales, Jr., Miguel Angel and Gabriel Yoatequia.[1]


A member of the League of United Latin American Citizens, her involvement with the organization spans over three decades. She has served in many roles, including most recently National Vice President for the Southwest. In 1994, she was re-elected to a record-breaking fourth term and the second woman to serve four years as LULAC Texas State Director and was the first woman district director for district 15 which is the largest district in the nation.

45th president - Rosa Rosales of San Antonio, Texas, was elected National President of LULAC on June 29, 2002, in Houston, Texas.

Rosa Rosales was re-elected unanimously for a fourth term as LULAC National President on July 18, 2009 at LULAC’s 80th National Convention in Puerto Rico. She was first elected July 1, 2006 at LULAC’s 77th National Convention. She leads the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organizations in the United States.

Additionally, Ms. Rosales serves on the Board of the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC) and is passionate about her work in education. Her involvement in the community is underscored by her participation on numerous civic boards, including SER Jobs for Progress and the San Antonio Boy’s Club Advisory Council among other city and non-profit boards.

She has received numerous honors and awards for her continued service to LULAC, including: American GI Forum Leadership Award, the LULAC Women of the Year Award and the Cesar Chavez March for Justice Award.[2]

Union history

Ms. Rosales is the Founder and Director of the National Association of Public Employees (NAPE), a San Antonio based union. Prior to holding this position, Ms. Rosales served as Office Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) from 1997-99.

Previously, Ms. Rosales served as Regional Director of the National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) from 1995-97 and than as National Labor Representative and Field Supervisor for the National Association of Government Employees from 1983-95. Ms. Rosales served as Co-Founder and Charter Member of the United Public Employee Association and Field Supervisor in the Neighborhood Anti-Crime Program (a federally-funded local program based on the west side of San Antonio from 1978-1980).[3]

Tribute to San Antonio communists

The People's Weekly World of May 20, 2000, carried a May Day Supplement. On page B, San Antonio activists paid tribute to contributors to the "worker's cause" - all Communist Party USA members Emma Tenayuca (1916-1999), John Inman (1896-1996), Manuela Soliz Sager (1911-1996), James Sager (1902-1979), Luisa Moreno (1906-1992).

Signatories included Rosa Rosales.

Mother's Day for Joanna Stanford

2009 Mother's Day Greetings and Love to the multi-talented Joanna Stanford — now in hospice care — whose life has combined love of family with distribution of the People's Weekly World and predecessor papers, and with the struggle for a world of peace, justice, freedom, art, dance, dolls and handicrafts.

Signatories included Rosa Rosales.[4]

National Capital Immigration Coalition rally

September 7, 2006, the National Capital Immigration Coalition held a rally on the National Mall. The protest was billed by immigration rights groups as a post-Labor Day demonstration to show Congress that undocumented workers still wanted an immigration reform bill that would allow them to work in the country legally. Turnout for the march was lower than expected with several organizers attributing low numbers of attendees to the fact that in the four months since the first marches, competing immigration bills had stalled in the House and the Senate.

Speakers were Johari Abdul-Malik Chairman Coordinating Council of Muslim Organizations, Deepak Bhargava Director Center for Community Change, Macrina Cardenas National Coordinator Mexico Solidarity Network, Jaime Contreras Chair National Capital Immigration Coalition, Francisco Gonzalez Valer Auxiliary Bishop Roman Catholic Church-Archdiocese of Washington, DC Bruce S. Gordon President and CEO NAACP, Luis Gutiérrez U.S. Representative [D] Illinois, Chung-Wha Hong Executive Director New York Immigration Coalition, Jose Hoyos Priest Roman Catholic Church-Arlington, VA, Sheila Jackson Lee U.S. Representative [D] Texas, Abdul Kamus Executive Director African Resource Center, Edward Kennedy U.S. Senator [D] Massachusetts, Carlos Lopez Laborer, Timothy McDonald Chairman African-American Ministers in Action, Eliseo Medina Executive Vice President Service Employees International Union, Janet Murguia President and CEO National Council of La Raza, Miguel Rivera President National Coalition of Latino Clergy, Rosa Rosales National President League of United Latin American Citizens, Gustavo Torres Executive Director CASA de Maryland, John Wilhelm President UNITE HERE->Hospitality Industry.[5]

"Racist" law

The San Antonio City Council sat for 3½ hours in June 2010, to hear speakers urge passage of a controversial resolution urging the Texas state legislature to oppose an immigration law similar to the much criticized Arizona SB 1070. The resolution also urged Congress and the President to take up comprehensive legislation on immigration.

Expressing his support, Councilmember Justin Rodriguez said, "We have to be proactive and stop the state legislature."

The council chambers were crowded with organizations and individuals speaking in support of the resolution. Their size overwhelmed the small number of opponents.

Rosa Rosales, president of LULAC, and her two sons, Gabriel and Miguel, stressed the danger of Texas adopting a law similar to Arizona's when the legislature meets in January. Two legislators have already drawn up the outline of a bill.

The Arizona law has been criticized for endangering and profiling people of color and causing immigrants to withdraw further into the shadows. The Arizona SB 1070 allows someone to be stopped for "reasonable suspicion" rather than "probable cause" – a difference widely open to unclear interpretation.

Rosales stated that the Arizona bill violates the Constitution and affects everyone negatively. She listed many cities that have passed resolutions opposing the Arizona bill SB 1070. Among them are Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, St. Paul, Brownsville, Boston, El Paso, and Boulder, Colorado.

She stated bluntly, "The law is racist. Latinos and people of color are under attack and we are offended."[6]

Illegal immigration lawsuit

Press Conference: Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 11 AM. Location: Senate Lawn, 1700 W. Washington Phoenix 85007.

Contacts: Roberto Reveles (We Are America Coalition/Arizona); Marianne Gunko (Friendly House); Peter Schey, Esq. (Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law and counsel in the lawsuit); Ray Velarde, Esq. (LULAC).

A coalition of organizations in Maricopa County, joined by several State Representatives and other Arizona taxpayers, and a group of immigrants facing felony charges for “conspiring” to have themselves transported through Maricopa County, today announced the filing of a federal class action lawsuit challenge to the controversial migrant conspiracy policy.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include We Are America/Somos America Coalition of Arizona, Arizona Hispanic Community Forum, League of United Latin American Citizens, Friendly House, Arizona State Representatives Kyrsten Sinema, Steve Gallardo, and Steve Lujan, Arizona State University Associate Professors Cecilia Menjivar and LaDawn Haglund, and six immigrants charged with felony conspiracy under the Maricopa County policy.

The lawsuit is brought as a class action on behalf of “all individuals stopped, detained, arrested, incarcerated, prosecuted, or penalized for conspiring to transport themselves” in Maricopa County.

Maricopa County is the only local government in the United States to initiate a program to charge all suspected undocumented migrants being transported through the county with felony crimes. To date, over 300 immigrants have been arrested, jailed, and charged under the policy. According to the lawsuit, most plead guilty in order to avoid lengthy stays in Maricopa‚s notoriously harsh jails.

In March 2006 Maricopa County started to arrest large numbers of suspected undocumented immigrants and charging them with conspiracy to transport themselves with the aid of a smuggler. County officials base their policy on a State anti-coyote law passed in 2005 that makes it a crime to smuggle undocumented immigrants for gain in Arizona. However, legislators who proposed and supported the state law, have publicly criticized the Maricopa County policy saying they never intended it to be used against migrants being smuggled.

Roberto Reveles, Executive Director of the We Are America Coalition of Arizona, issued the following statement: “The legality of the Maricopa County conspiracy policy should be ruled upon by the federal courts before more lives are destroyed, people needlessly jailed for months at a time, and tax-payers billed for a program that may be unconstitutional and has no measurable impact on the immigration crisis.”

Rosa Rosales, National President of LULAC, issued the following statement: “As the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country, we are appalled at the short-term political gains certain Maricopa County officials have sought to make by charging immigrants with serious felonies. The vast majority of these immigrants come to the United States to satisfy the demand for labor here and to join their families. They are hard working and in no way a threat to national security. Treating them like serious criminals is not only irrational, it is shameful and disgraceful.”

Peter Schey, President of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law and counsel for the plaintiffs, also issued a statement on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Marianna Gonko, Immigration Director of Friendly House, a Phoenix non-profit serving low-income families, also issued a statement.

The plaintiffs are represented by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (Los Angeles), Perkins Coie Brown & Bain P.A (Phoenix), Ray Velarde, LULAC National Legal Advisor, Dan Ballecer (Phoenix), and Antonio Bustamante (Phoenix).[7]