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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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West Contra Costa Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Antonio Álvarez Medrano

Retired Teacher
14,954 votes (12.08%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Provide equal opportuniities for all students and make student achievement our top priority
  • We want and need open transparent communication with our school board
  • We want and need open distribution of the Local Control Funds for our low-income, English Language and foster students

Experience

Biography

Graduate of USF, Incomplete Master's work in Indigenous folklore and mythology at UCLA.  40 years community college and high school.  Co-founder of Ethnic Studies at College of Marin (1980's).  Began teaching at Matrin Catholic High School(1962-1964) and then at Daniel Murphy Dominican High School  (1964-1965) in Los Angeles as a a member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church.  Returned to Marin and Tamalpais High School n 1967 .  Co-sponsor of the Farmworkers club, Amnesty International chapter/ACLU chapter and Women studies  on campus.  Department chair of the Social Studies department.  In 1982 transferred to San Fancisco and taught at McAteer, Mission and Wallenberg Traditional High School.  Retired in 1997.  At all my schools I was the union rep to the Labor Council both in  Marin and San Francisco.

In West Contra Çosta County School district I served on the SCC  (school site councils) of Montalvin elemenatry, Helms Middle and Richmond High School. Served on the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee for 10 years, Budget Advisory Committee for 8 years.  Also a member of the Audit sub committee of the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee.  

Elected to the School Board (2008 to 2012).     I have continued my interest in the school district and in tutoring students in Advanced Placement classes in U.S History, Spanish Language and Spanish Literature.  Coordinator for AP Spanish and Literature for SFUSD when I was in San Francisco.

Elected chair of of the Educator's Network within  the Western Region of Amnesty International,and then as National Chair Reviewed textbooks as to their accuracy in historical, Ethnic and gender data. (1980's)

     Elected Chair of the Berkley/NorthEast Bay Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California (2012)

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I come from a family of Social Justice activists.  My Dad, Grandfather and Aunt worked in the shipdyears during Wor War II.  Our family history is documented in the archives of the Rosie the Riveter Museum and in their films of the history of the period.  My parents left Richmond and became involved in civil rights organizations (MAPA, CSO and other Mexican American human rights and civil rights organizations.  There were founding members of the  Communiy Service Organization (CSO)  funder by the then CIO Industrial Areas Foundation.  First president was Cesar Cesar, later he formed the UFW.  Our home was always full of meetings, petitiions, discussions on civil rights and human rights.  I was arrested picketing for the farm workers in Delano in 1965 as a member of the Dominican Order. I kept up my activisim and started boycot committees in the Bay Area and especially in Marin.  My students picked the Safeway (in front of the high school).While at Tamalpais High School students were very involved in anti-war marches, farm worker rallies and anti nuke regional meetings.  Tam High was the most liberal of the three high schools in the district.  Co founder of Ethnic Studies program at College of Marin where I taught Chicano studies and Latin American and indigenous history.

Social Justice is a theme that permeates my family , my sons and daughter and now my grandkids.   I am a father of 3 , and proud grandfather of 4 (19,17,5,3)  I have lived in Montalvin Manor neighborhood since 1982. Appointed chair of the Redevelopment committee of Montalvin by John Gioia, served two terms on the Contra Costa Grand Jury, Latino Advisory committee to the president of CCC, and fomer member of the SouthWest Voter Registration Drive.  I tutor parents and children in my neighborhood.  

 

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