CHIRLA is saddened to announce the passing of immigrant rights activist, dear friend and CHIRLA member, José Roberto Barrera.
Many of you know José from his work with IDEPSCA, SAJE and the CLEAN Carwash Campaign. José was a loyal son, caring brother, loving partner, and a true, non-pretentious community leader.
José lived for social justice. Everything he did, every stride that he took was for equality, justice and fairness for everybody. When it came to his family and friends, he was caring, loving, and jovial. He touched and changed so many lives. He was always willing to learn and be better, always willing to help. José was always reading and learning with a deep commitment to popular education and plans to return to school to get his degree.
It was so important to José to make his parents proud. He was one of the early organizers on the car wash campaign, and now we have three unionized car washes in Los Angeles. José was a dedicated friend, partner and son and leaves behind his parents Catalina and Enrique Barrera, and his life partner, Whelma Cabanawan.
Jose’s passing is a huge loss to CHIRLA and the activist community of Los Angeles. We will continue to be inspired by his dedication to our movement and we will honor his memory by fighting on for the causes that were so dear to him.
This evening, a new star will shine bright upon the dark sky. It's José organizing high up above.
Jose's Family needs your support: Please click here to make a donation of any amount to assist Jose’s family in paying for funeral and other costs. Your generous support is very much appreciated.