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"I was born in South Central Los Angeles in the year 1992, when poverty, violence, and trauma triggered uprisings throughout our community. For the last 16 years, I've dedicated my life to organizing immigrants, first-generation students, parents, youth, the houseless, and the working class to bring justice and basic human services to CD 9"

- Adriana Cabrera

FIGHTING FOR THE COMMUNITY
THAT RAISED ME!

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 GROWING UP IN DISTRICT 9

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 GRANDDAUGHTER OF FARMWORKERS 

 FIRST- GENERATION 
GRADUATE 

 DAUGHTER OF GARMENT WORKERS 

My family is rooted in Puebla, Mexico. Like many of you, I come from a long tradition of resistance, resilience, integrity, and humble beginnings. During my childhood, I experienced the challenges of growing up in an immigrant working-class family. I learned English translating and interpreting to my parents, who had a second-grade education in their Mixteca indigenous village of Ahuatlán Puebla, Mexico.

 

Low poverty wages and wage theft left me and my family to live with ten people in one room until we found affordable housing.  I experienced firsthand the challenges people living in extreme poverty face. Growing up I sold gelatinas at our local laundry mat with my mother to help ends meet. 

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"My classmates and I had to learn how to dodge bullets on our way to school."

I attended K-12 at Hooper Elementary School, Los Angeles Academy Middle School, Animo Film and Theater Arts Charter High School, and took night courses at LA Trade Tech College. My support systems were my teachers and local community organizations like A Place Called Home.

 

I accomplished my Bachelor of Arts degree in Chicano & Studies, Bachelor of Science in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy & Management, and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration at California State University, Northridge.

BUILDING COMMUNITY POWER!

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My experience growing up in poverty led me to found Empowering Youth in South Central (EYSC) in 2010, a collective of first-generation and immigrant college students. Together, we created partnerships with local community-based organizations, public schools, and government agencies to enroll over 3,000 students in college and establish college access programs across high schools in City Council District 9. I also organized to advocate for the passage of legislation for the working class. Legislation such as;

 

  •  CA Dream Act

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • SB- 60 driver’s license for immigrant people

  • Legalization of street vendors

  • ICE out of LA

  • K-12 Ethnic Studies

  • Organized to end police brutality against black and brown youth. 

 

In 2016, I led efforts to combat the hate that emerged towards immigrant communities with the 45th President of the United States election. My accomplishments include;

  • Organizing with Respect Student Immigrant Rights Education (RISE) to establish the Dream Resource Center at LA Trade Tech Community College (LATTC)

  • I also organized with college students across California to establish Dream Resource Centers at their campuses. The centers provide support to immigrant students to successfully navigate higher education institutions. 

CAREER JOURNEY

During my career journey, I worked with;

  • South Central Farm

  • Promesa Boyle Heights

  • Mt. Saint Mary’s University

  • Occidental College

  • California State University Northridge Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

  • Youth Speak Collective

  • Served as Education Representative for the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council

  • Worked as a Facilitator with Families in Schools, where I conducted parent workshops on college readiness, budgeting for college, K-12, and higher education advocacy across LAUSD high schools in Los Angeles County. 

  • Most recently I worked as a Neighborhood Empowerment Advocate with the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. In this role, I developed citywide strategies to engage people from historically underserved communities in their local Neighborhood Council.  

Currently, I serve as a CA Democratic Assembly Delegate for the 59th District. I'm also a member of the South Central LA Tenants Union and Chicano Latino Immigrant Democratic Club and Co-Founder of South Central Mutual Aid.

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