Gloria La Riva is a labor, community and socialist activist who is running against Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi in the 2010 election.
Pelosi has consistently supported the funding of the multi- trillion dollar bank bailouts, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the bloated Pentagon budget, the vicious suppression of the Palestinian people and many other reactionary policies.
La Riva on the other hand has been a key organizer of many mass demonstrations and other actions opposing the wars and occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine. She is coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, and has worked for decades to end U.S. hostility toward Cuba.
La Riva has been active in the struggle for immigrant rights, organizing for and speaking at many mass marches in California over the past 25 years. In the early 1990s, she was the initiator of the Farmworkers Emergency Relief campaign, following a disastrous freeze that left tens of thousands of Central Valley agricultural workers with no income.
La Riva organized support for the Black Fire Fighters Association in their struggle to end racist and sexist discrimination in the San Francisco Fire Department. A long-time supporter of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, La Riva joined in the marches and rallies protesting the passage of the anti-marriage-equality Prop 8. She has joined picket lines defending women's reproductive health clinics.
In 1998 La Riva produced the award-winning video, Genocide by Sanctions, documenting the effects of the U.S./UN blockade on Iraq. In 1999, she traveled twice to Yugoslavia at the height of the U.S./NATO bombing war, producing the video, NATO Targets. In September 2005, days after Hurricane Katrina, La Riva traveled to New Orleans, producing the video Heroes Not Looters.
In 1994 and 1998, La Riva was Peace & Freedom Party's candidate for governor of California, and has also run as a socialist candidate for mayor of San Francisco. She was the 2008 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which ran candidates for the first time, appearing on the ballot in 12 states.
La Riva is president of the Typographical Sector, Media Workers Union Local 39521, CWA.
The 8th Congressional District
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