Fernando Pedraza Community Coalition
Urban Fellow Contact: Melanie Epstein 909.607.8183
Faculty Liaison: Jose Calderon - Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Chicano Studies
The FPCC continues the mission of the jornalero activist Fernando Pedraza who was tragically killed when hit by a car while at the corner on May 5, 2007. He was a leader of the corner who wanted what was best for the workers of Arrow and Grove - to cultivate a more positive perception of jornaleros and ask the City of Rancho Cucamonga for a safe environment to find work.
FPCC’s primary goals include increasing the financial security, safety, health, civic participation and human rights of day laborers in the Pomona Valley region, along with addressing and working to change the systemic obstacles that stand in the way of achieving those goals.
FPCC is involved in numerous activities to achieve these goals, including:
- The identification of well-paid and safe employment opportunities for day laborers
- Improving access to existing resources in the local community and building coalitions to create new resources
- Providing educational opportunities on worker and immigrant rights
- Identifying training opportunities in work and language skills
- The development of strong day laborer leaders through organizing and trainings.
I have learned, from my time with FPCC, and from Professor José Z. Calderón, that teaching English
to the workers at Arrow and Grove is a truly revolutionary act. Those in opposition to day laborers
do not want them to learn English because after learning English they will succeed, become citizens,
vote, and enact substantial change in this country. I feel good knowing that I am contributing to
revolutionary change in this country.
- Junko Ihrke, ESL Teacher, CGU 2012
Working with the Fernando Pedraza Coalition has given me the opportunity to help my own
people; those who struggle daily to find sustainability for their homes and make efforts to earn a
living. From this experience I not only learn more about myself, but also the struggle of my people. I
learn to become a better person and appreciate what has been given to me, a stable home and an education.
- Josue Velasquez, Mt. San Antonio College
When the students are here I feel safe and not so alone in this country.
-Jornalero, Rancho Cucamonga
CEC acknowledges and honors the students, staff, faculty, and community members (past and present) who founded each of Pitzer College’s community engagement programs and give thanks to all those who sustain these partnerships day after day. In particular we would like to recognize Eddie Gonzales, Suzanne Foster, José Z. Calderón, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for their support in developing and maintaining this partnership.
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