Help Joaquin Avila's MEMORIAL FUND

$46,645 of $55,000 goal

Raised by 284 people in 45 months
Mickie Luna
on behalf of Joaquin Avila
 HOLLISTER, CA
To the many friends, supporters, admirers of Joaquin G. Avila, we invite you on this special journey to assist our dear friend and mentor.
The name Joaquin Avila is almost synonymous with voting rights. The Harvard-educated attorney who made a career out of voting rights advocacy and led the crusade toward changing local election system from at-large to district elections empowering the Latino vote after decades of disenfranchisement., (Salinas Californian)
In 2010, Joaquin suffered a stroke which left his left side paralyzed, and caused his crusade on district election to halt to a standstill for some time.  He is recuperating and doing very little travel due to his medical condition. Recently while he paid a visit to the Monterey area, many friends and supporters came out to greet this dear friend whose help afforded many Latinos to be elected to office.  As we gathered to visit and reminice with Joaquin, some of us personally came to the conclusion that financial assistance is extremely needed for Joaquin to continue his therapy and medical expenses.  As humble as he is, he will not ask for assistance from anyone, his desire is to get well and again begin his work in representation of our communities and with that in mind, we want to help him accomplish this and more. We hope that you personally will contribute and invite others to make a contribution toward his medical expenses which are sorely needed.
May God continue to bless us with friends like Joaquin who care and open doors for equal and fair representation. 
Please give with all your heart.
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The GFM page for Joaquin will remain on line in case anyone would like to fund the memorial account for the family. Thank you to all who have donated.
I will not be posting any other updates unless the family authorizes the post. Thank you, much appreciated for all your caring and concerns for the family.
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A Gathering of many who came from throughout CA and beyond to pay tribute to a voter rights genius who paved the way for equal representation. An unforgettable Celebration of Life event. Thank you all for your participation and showing of gratitude for Joaquin G Avila vision of having a voice and a seat at the table.
Cruz Reynoso Tribute to Joaquin
Celebration Program
Joaquin Jr.
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JOAQUIN G. AVILA
CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
MARINOVICH COMMUNITY CENTER
120 2nd Street Watsonville CA 95076

PARKING - Civic Plaza Parking Garage
275 Main Street - Watsonville CA 95076
(Marinovich Community Center is across the street)

JOAQUIN G. AVILA ........PRESENTE!
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JOAQUIN G. AVILA
CELEBRATION OF LIFE MEMORIAL
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm
MARINOVICH COMMUNITY CENTER
120 2nd Street Watsonville CA 95076

PARKING - Civic Plaza Parking Garage
275 Main Street - Watsonville CA 95076
(Marinovich Community Center is across the street)

PLEASE RSVP YOUR ATTENDANCE TO:
Ruth Hermosillo Email: ruthieh55@yahoo.com
Text: 831-673-2009 or 831-596-2914

Joaquin G. Avila, the principal architect of the California Voter Rights Act was undoubtedly one of the most influential leaders in the Latino civil rights movement. Joaquin was perhaps the greatest equalizer, the power to create a vote, assuring our communities of color, and Latinos in particular were equally represented.
On this special memorial occasion, we invite you to attend and support his family and friends as together we pay tribute and honor Joaquin's achievements and his memory.
Special Tribute presented by the Honorable Cruz Reynoso, former Justice CA Supreme Court. Tom Saenz, MALDEF, Jose Padilla, CRLA, and many other friends.
Family presentation by Joaquin Avila Jr.

JOAQUIN G. AVILA ........PRESENTE!
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Peter Roos
14 months ago
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There was rarely a time when Joaquin's positive shadow did not cross mine. I represented students in a Compton walkout in the late 60s. Joaquin's brother was a leader. I was not surprised when he told me his brother had gone from Centennial to Yale. Clearly, resiliency ran in the family. We met later at Harvard, then MALDEF.We shared the El Paso deseg case, and drank excessively at the Esquire in S.A. when we came in from the cold. Only his work ethic and commitment was more prodigious. He shared an expert who helped in a school case only days before his stroke--and days after his latest whopping of Texas. Joaquin's reach continued to the end and covered more than voting rights We will miss you. Peter Roos

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Alma Martinez
44 months ago
3
3

Joaquin was the 1996 MacArthur Genius Award winner recognized for his groundbreaking work in Voting Rights parity and advocacy. Like Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, he has done more to empower Latinos in recent past decades than almost anyone else in previous centuries. There are more Latinos in public office today then ever before in history in large part because of his work. Until we see major Health Care reform in this country, its our turn to thank Joaquin for his life-long dedication to social justice by helping relieve medical costs. Thank you Joaquin. You have our deepest life-long gratitude. Get well soon!

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Alice Minor
23 months ago
2
2

Dear all - I am wondering if anyone knows if this site is still active? I am in a position to donate now and would like to do so. Joaquin Avila was and is one of the most influential mentors I've had the pleasure of receiving guidance from.

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Mickie Luna
16 months ago
1
1

Joaquin Avila is in the hospital with terminal cancer. I am not going to preach about what an icon he is or how much we love him or what he has accomplished over the last four decades or how talented he is or what a wonderful soul he is, because if you are on this email chain you share my belief that he is an elder beyond compare in our civil rights community. It is our goal to raise enough money so that his final time with us is not as unrelentingly stressful as the last few years have been because of lack of finances, and so that Joaquin Jr. can spend time with him as a son rather than the full-time caretaker he has been for years. Denise Hulett

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Roy M. Perez
41 months ago
1
1

To my colleagues and friends, I am making a personal request to you to consider assisting a good friend and a committed leader who never wavered in helping those who truly needed help. He was a strong and effective civil rights leader relative to voting rights. His diplomacy, passion, and dedication lead to major voting rights changes for those who were historically omitted from full participation in the democratic process. Today he is in great need of our assistance. He is too humble to ask, therefore I join other friends such as Mick Luna, to reach out to those of us who have been fortunate to please consider contributing something to help Mr. Avila with his therapy costs. Anything you give is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your serious consideration. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Roy & Gloria Perez

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Parveen Sharma
44 months ago
1
1

The more I read about Joaquin the more impressed I am at the number of lives he has helped rebuild and the souls he has touched at their very core. May you walk the road to success and health again that shall be our prayer.

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Mali Peach
13 months ago

I had the great honor to receive mentorship under Joaquin Avila in law school and work alongside him for the past several years. I first met Professor Avila prior to his stroke - as his research assistant. There will not be a day in my life that I will forget what he gave to us collectively and me personally. Joaquin Avila lived with incredible foresight and profound kindness. He believed that it was worth taking a decade to develop the correct piece of legislation and worth taking a decade to build a political climate that would support such legislation versus ushering in legislation that could have negative ramifications. He critically examined and crafted each argument and each policy move with incredible foresight politically and historically. He was a Constitutional law and history scholar and was able to foresee litigation and legislation within the arch of history. He did nothing for expediency. He was a genius (in addition to a MacArthur Genius) and yet he served our country and our communities with profound kindness and humility. He mentored students and colleagues across the country with an openness to co-collaborate knowledge. I will always remember Joaquin's humbleness and kindness and how he firmly believed that the best idea could come from anywhere in the room. I am so blessed to have walked the path with him and I know that his legacy lives on in each of us. I surely do miss him.

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Elaine Cass
14 months ago

Mickie thank you so much for taking the lead on this and keeping us updated. Joaquin’s passing is a heartbreaking loss, not only to his friends and family, but to all of us who believe in the cause of justice and equality. Joaquin was the standard bearer and he will be sorely missed.

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Annette Amelia Oliveira
15 months ago

Joaquin has been such an inspiration, so committed, so intelligent. He has done such a service to the Latino/a community. I feel privileged to have known him and his work

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Alma Martinez
15 months ago

Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Joaquin Avila. When the UFW was fighting for farmworker rights, Joaquin was battling the highest courts in the country to dismantle the racist "districting" that kept Lationos/People of Color from winning seats in local, county and state elections. We have more rights today as Latinos/People of Color because we have more elected officials of color. We have more elected official of color because of Joaquin Avila's decades of tireless work. This courageous humble Civil Rights warrior has fought a fierce against the entrenched politics of voting discrimination his entire career. Now, he is fighting the biggest battle of his life. If you appreciate having elected officials of color representing you, how about giving a monetary tribute - any amount - to Mr. Avila. Please share this request widely!

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Mickie Luna
16 months ago

Profound thanks for assisting our friend Joaquin Avila, please keep sharing with friends. Will be sending an update soon on his condition. Please keep him in your prayers. Gracias!

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Mickie Luna
16 months ago

Joaquin Avila, Rebellious Lawyer Joaquin Avila is Rebellious Lawyer Emeritus, litigator, and a tireless advocate in the field of voting rights law. Joaquin Avila has devoted his career to a vision of voting rights advocacy that is premised on the conviction that government functions best if it is reflective and representative of the range of its constituents. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 codified and articulated legal strictures that prevent government officials and private citizens from interfering with the rights of minority citizens to vote and to choose their representatives. Through meticulously crafted legal suits, Avila challenges election systems that function to disenfranchise and discriminate against minority voters and their chosen candidates. Joaquin Avila is a professor of law and Director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative at the Seattle University School of Law. He has also worked in a private practice devoted exclusively to the protection of the voting rights of racial and ethnic minority communities. He served as staff attorney (1974-1976), director of political access litigation and associate counsel (1976-78), and president and general counsel (1982-1985) of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Joaquin Avila received a B.A. (1970) from Yale University and a J.D. (1973) from the Harvard University Law School. He is a member of the California and Texas State bars.

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Mickie Luna
16 months ago

Dear Friends of Joaquin Avila, I am posting an email from my good friend Denise Hulett, PLEASE read as both Denise and I are wanting to reach out to all of Joaquin's friends and acquaintances at this time when we have just been informed on his medical status which has brought us to tears. We hope his friends will remember all that he has done for ALL, especially elected officials who were elected because this man put forward all energy and faced struggles to assure us all true representation. PLEASE GIVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. Please forward to all, this is the time to give back to Joaquin Avila.

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Mickie Luna
20 months ago

THE GO FUND ME ACCOUNT FOR JOAQUIN AVILA IS STILL ACTIVE, PLEASE DONATE. thank you!

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10 months ago
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12 months ago
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Janet Martinez
13 months ago
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Joaquin was a dear and long friend of my husband, Jesse Martinez, and we acknowledge with great admiration, appreciation and affection, his important life's work.

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Cruz Reynoso
14 months ago
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Joaquin, you are our hero.

Peter Roos
14 months ago
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4

There was rarely a time when Joaquin's positive shadow did not cross mine. I represented students in a Compton walkout in the late 60s. Joaquin's brother was a leader. I was not surprised when he told me his brother had gone from Centennial to Yale. Clearly, resiliency ran in the family. We met later at Harvard, then MALDEF.We shared the El Paso deseg case, and drank excessively at the Esquire in S.A. when we came in from the cold. Only his work ethic and commitment was more prodigious. He shared an expert who helped in a school case only days before his stroke--and days after his latest whopping of Texas. Joaquin's reach continued to the end and covered more than voting rights We will miss you. Peter Roos

+ Read More
Alma Martinez
44 months ago
3
3

Joaquin was the 1996 MacArthur Genius Award winner recognized for his groundbreaking work in Voting Rights parity and advocacy. Like Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, he has done more to empower Latinos in recent past decades than almost anyone else in previous centuries. There are more Latinos in public office today then ever before in history in large part because of his work. Until we see major Health Care reform in this country, its our turn to thank Joaquin for his life-long dedication to social justice by helping relieve medical costs. Thank you Joaquin. You have our deepest life-long gratitude. Get well soon!

+ Read More
Alice Minor
23 months ago
2
2

Dear all - I am wondering if anyone knows if this site is still active? I am in a position to donate now and would like to do so. Joaquin Avila was and is one of the most influential mentors I've had the pleasure of receiving guidance from.

+ Read More
Mickie Luna
16 months ago
1
1

Joaquin Avila is in the hospital with terminal cancer. I am not going to preach about what an icon he is or how much we love him or what he has accomplished over the last four decades or how talented he is or what a wonderful soul he is, because if you are on this email chain you share my belief that he is an elder beyond compare in our civil rights community. It is our goal to raise enough money so that his final time with us is not as unrelentingly stressful as the last few years have been because of lack of finances, and so that Joaquin Jr. can spend time with him as a son rather than the full-time caretaker he has been for years. Denise Hulett

+ Read More
Roy M. Perez
41 months ago
1
1

To my colleagues and friends, I am making a personal request to you to consider assisting a good friend and a committed leader who never wavered in helping those who truly needed help. He was a strong and effective civil rights leader relative to voting rights. His diplomacy, passion, and dedication lead to major voting rights changes for those who were historically omitted from full participation in the democratic process. Today he is in great need of our assistance. He is too humble to ask, therefore I join other friends such as Mick Luna, to reach out to those of us who have been fortunate to please consider contributing something to help Mr. Avila with his therapy costs. Anything you give is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your serious consideration. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Roy & Gloria Perez

+ Read More
Parveen Sharma
44 months ago
1
1

The more I read about Joaquin the more impressed I am at the number of lives he has helped rebuild and the souls he has touched at their very core. May you walk the road to success and health again that shall be our prayer.

+ Read More
Mali Peach
13 months ago

I had the great honor to receive mentorship under Joaquin Avila in law school and work alongside him for the past several years. I first met Professor Avila prior to his stroke - as his research assistant. There will not be a day in my life that I will forget what he gave to us collectively and me personally. Joaquin Avila lived with incredible foresight and profound kindness. He believed that it was worth taking a decade to develop the correct piece of legislation and worth taking a decade to build a political climate that would support such legislation versus ushering in legislation that could have negative ramifications. He critically examined and crafted each argument and each policy move with incredible foresight politically and historically. He was a Constitutional law and history scholar and was able to foresee litigation and legislation within the arch of history. He did nothing for expediency. He was a genius (in addition to a MacArthur Genius) and yet he served our country and our communities with profound kindness and humility. He mentored students and colleagues across the country with an openness to co-collaborate knowledge. I will always remember Joaquin's humbleness and kindness and how he firmly believed that the best idea could come from anywhere in the room. I am so blessed to have walked the path with him and I know that his legacy lives on in each of us. I surely do miss him.

+ Read More
Elaine Cass
14 months ago

Mickie thank you so much for taking the lead on this and keeping us updated. Joaquin’s passing is a heartbreaking loss, not only to his friends and family, but to all of us who believe in the cause of justice and equality. Joaquin was the standard bearer and he will be sorely missed.

+ Read More
Annette Amelia Oliveira
15 months ago

Joaquin has been such an inspiration, so committed, so intelligent. He has done such a service to the Latino/a community. I feel privileged to have known him and his work

+ Read More
Alma Martinez
15 months ago

Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Joaquin Avila. When the UFW was fighting for farmworker rights, Joaquin was battling the highest courts in the country to dismantle the racist "districting" that kept Lationos/People of Color from winning seats in local, county and state elections. We have more rights today as Latinos/People of Color because we have more elected officials of color. We have more elected official of color because of Joaquin Avila's decades of tireless work. This courageous humble Civil Rights warrior has fought a fierce against the entrenched politics of voting discrimination his entire career. Now, he is fighting the biggest battle of his life. If you appreciate having elected officials of color representing you, how about giving a monetary tribute - any amount - to Mr. Avila. Please share this request widely!

+ Read More
Mickie Luna
16 months ago

Profound thanks for assisting our friend Joaquin Avila, please keep sharing with friends. Will be sending an update soon on his condition. Please keep him in your prayers. Gracias!

+ Read More
Mickie Luna
16 months ago

Joaquin Avila, Rebellious Lawyer Joaquin Avila is Rebellious Lawyer Emeritus, litigator, and a tireless advocate in the field of voting rights law. Joaquin Avila has devoted his career to a vision of voting rights advocacy that is premised on the conviction that government functions best if it is reflective and representative of the range of its constituents. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 codified and articulated legal strictures that prevent government officials and private citizens from interfering with the rights of minority citizens to vote and to choose their representatives. Through meticulously crafted legal suits, Avila challenges election systems that function to disenfranchise and discriminate against minority voters and their chosen candidates. Joaquin Avila is a professor of law and Director of the National Voting Rights Advocacy Initiative at the Seattle University School of Law. He has also worked in a private practice devoted exclusively to the protection of the voting rights of racial and ethnic minority communities. He served as staff attorney (1974-1976), director of political access litigation and associate counsel (1976-78), and president and general counsel (1982-1985) of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Joaquin Avila received a B.A. (1970) from Yale University and a J.D. (1973) from the Harvard University Law School. He is a member of the California and Texas State bars.

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Mickie Luna
16 months ago

Dear Friends of Joaquin Avila, I am posting an email from my good friend Denise Hulett, PLEASE read as both Denise and I are wanting to reach out to all of Joaquin's friends and acquaintances at this time when we have just been informed on his medical status which has brought us to tears. We hope his friends will remember all that he has done for ALL, especially elected officials who were elected because this man put forward all energy and faced struggles to assure us all true representation. PLEASE GIVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. Please forward to all, this is the time to give back to Joaquin Avila.

+ Read More
Mickie Luna
20 months ago

THE GO FUND ME ACCOUNT FOR JOAQUIN AVILA IS STILL ACTIVE, PLEASE DONATE. thank you!

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