Gloria La Riva is a veteran social justice, anti-war and union activist and organizer. She has been active in a number of causes and communities in California and beyond. In the struggle for immigrant rights, Gloria has spoken at many mass marches in California. In 1991, she initiated the Farmworkers Emergency Relief campaign.
Gloria has been a key organizer of mass demonstrations opposing the Iraq wars and produced the award-winning video Genocide by Sanctions in 1998. In September 2005, days after Hurricane Katrina touched down, La Riva traveled to New Orleans, producing the video Heroes Not Looters.
Gloria was an independent candidate for U.S. vice president in the national elections of 1984, 1988 and 1996. In 2008, she was the presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL); she was the presidential nominee of the PSL and PFP for the . was the PFP and the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) nominee for U.S. president in 2016. She also ran as a gubernatorial candidate in 2010 and 2014.
Upon officially launching her campaign for governor of California in February, Gloria made the following statement.
“California, the most populous and in many ways the richest state in the country, California, among the 10 largest economies in the world, is experiencing a deep crisis.
“It is not a crisis for the major corporations, the banks, the military contractors. It is a crisis for millions of Californians, workers, the employed, the unemployed, and underemployed, who are struggling to survive on starvation wages, those who have to work two or even three jobs to make ends. It is a crisis for those millions who don’t even dream of going to a doctor or dentist.
“It is a crisis for undocumented immigrants across this state, and their millions of family members, who even if they are not undocumented, are still victims of this very racist, brutal war being waged against the immigrants. Today, this very day, there are people being arrested, at work, at home, at school, ripped apart from their families, jailed and deported, leaving behind children. We demand full rights and immediate legalization for all immigrants. The Democrats only like to talk about the Dreamers, but those Dreamers have parents subject to deportation, there are youth who don’t qualify for DACA…”
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