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Ray Sosa, Long Time Activist from East Los Angeles, Dies

Ray was a man of the people, He lives on in the memory of the people. Thanks must be given to the familia for sharing Ray with u

By Armando lawrence
Published on LatinoLA: October 22, 2010


Ray Sosa, Long Time Activist from East Los Angeles, Dies


A beautiful ceremony and funeral was held for one of the unsung heroes of our community, Raymond "Ray" Sosa. Family, Friends, Co-Workers, Comrades of the many movements and organizing efforts Ray was part of gathered at Guerra & Gutierrez in Montebello, to honor this very special man of the people.

Many there shared words of the inspiration that Ray's life gave to them, his dedication for a better way of life, a better tomorrow for his kids and everyone's children. Ray was part of the Chicano Movement, Workers Rights/ Labor Movement, Human Rights, Self -Determination Para el Pueblo Chicano. Ray worked for the Homeless in Downtown Los Angeles for about the last 15 years or so.

In 1973, Ray and a group of young people, previously known as La Junta Brown Berets, had formed a group "La Colectiva de la Gente" and organized a "Varrio Youth Unity Conference" with over 1,000 Homeboys/Homegirls from the Eastside and other barrios who gathered in Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Hieghts with out any fights / pleito. How many people know that that it could be done!! And to unite them for positive change in the barrio!

Ray was involved with many successful events and efforts through out his life, from working on the 1968 ELA high school Walkouts/Blow outs to dealing with Police Brutality, Community Self-Determination, to Better quality schools & Bilingual Education, organizing workers of all nationalities for better working conditions and better union representation, to Immigration rights issues, Homeless rights issues, and the list goes on.

A community memorial is to be held 11/11/10 @ 6pm 2808 Altura St. L.A. 90031(The Peoples Church) - for info call 714 865 7915/ 323 535 4583/ 323 380 0852/ 213 712 0370. Also see Chicano Moratorium on FB.

Ray had a a love of life and La Gente. Que Viva Ray!

About Armando lawrence:
Friend of Ray Sosa, Mentee of Ray, Activist, Community organizer on the political/social/economic & cultural Chicano-Indigenous integrity front.
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