Daniel Lee, Adriana Cabrera, Eduardo Martinez
Saturday, 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
All politics is local. Across the country, independent local election campaigns are showing how to build Peoples’ Democratic power and organization to impact national issues from $15 minimum wage to immigrant rights to police brutality. Advance the general struggle through the particular! Join our panel with Daniel Lee, first African-American councilman from Culver City, and Eduardo Martinez, Richmond councilman of the Richmond Progressive Alliance which defeated the Chevron-backed city establishment.
Daniel Wayne Lee currently serves as Project Manager for the new James Lawson Institute. Daniel earned his MSW from UCLA in 2015 and his B. A. in Cinema from USC in 2001. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. Daniel has served on the board of directors for Move to Amend since 2012 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Backbone Campaign. He has worked as the Southern California organizer for Americans for Democratic Action, Earth Day to May Day organizer for the Liberty Tree Foundation and campaign lead for Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. He completed an Environmental Justice fellowship with the Liberty Hill Foundation in 2014, regularly volunteers with the Sierra Club, and has worked with organizations such as Community Coalition, Common Cause and others in the Los Angeles area. He is currently serving his first term as a City Council Member in Culver City, California.
Adriana Cabrera is a long-time advocate for human rights in South Central Los Angeles. In 2017 Adriana was the youngest and only woman in the ballot for City Council District 9 Municipal Elections. Her campaign was 100% volunteer led and accomplished third place in the race with a $3,000 budget. Prior to running for office, she also served in the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council. Adriana is a first-generation college student, she received her Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy and Management along with Chicano/a Studies at California State Univerity Northridge.
Eduardo Martinez was elected to the Richmond city council in 2014, defeating a $262,000 campaign sponsored by Chevron to discredit his name. His campaign, one fifth that amount, was composed of corporate free donations and fueled by grassroots door knocking. In the few years that he has served, he has supported a stronger police review process, minimum wage increase; rent stabilization, the transfer of public monies from jail expansion to public services for the integration of returning inmates.
Mr. Martinez has taught in a community school, juvenile hall and elementary school since 1989. He has been a teacher in the WCCUSD since 1993 retiring in 2010. Having taught many types of students, he learned of the needs and the challenges faced by our youth in an educational system and society that has failed to prioritize them. As co-founder of March 4 Education (2004) which mobilized teachers, parents, students, community and civic leaders to march on Sacramento and demand budget adjustments that benefited our schools and children, he learned that only a mobilized community and city can begin addressing the needed changes. He is committed to challenging any policy that does not promote equity and racial, social, and environmental justice.
On many occasions, the Mayor has referred to Councilmember Martinez as “the hardest working councilmember he has ever worked with”. Part of this is because he is retired and has the time to devote himself to the job 24/7; but part of it comes from the mindset of a teacher which requires a total immersion in the work. He knows how to listen and to speak with others as an equal. He is inquisitive and as a life-long learner is always picking up information for expanding his vision of our city.
He is driven by his love for the city in which he lives.