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Sam & Elena Brown

Noche 2023 Honorees - Local Advocates - Sam & Elena Brown

Avocado Heights Vaquer@s is a collaborative effort led by brother and sister organizers Elena and Samuel Brown-Vazquez. Elena is a cancer survivor and educator in El Monte, while Samuel works as a paralegal, focusing on criminal justice reform and civil rights. Together, they utilize their prior organizing experience to advocate for clean air, clean water, and clean soil in the East San Gabriel Valley.

Their initiative, Avocado Heights Vaquer@s, is deeply rooted in cultural values and the belief that their culture already possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to build a robust people's movement. The core work of the Vaquer@s has involved opposing multimillion-dollar condo developments, challenging a hazardous waste incinerator, and pushing for improved land use planning policies.

Elena, Samuel, and the Avocado Heights Vaquer@s, symbolize the embodiment of dedication and purpose within the community, working relentlessly to create a healthier, more vibrant future for all. Their commitment and actions make them the well-deserved Outstanding Local Advocates honorees.

Join us on Thursday, September 21, at 6 PM for ActiveSGV's annual extravaganza and awards ceremony - "Noche de las Luminarias." We're bringing local advocates, city leaders, and honorees to celebrate our collective efforts and accomplishments in the San Gabriel Valley. This glittering night will take place this year at the stunning Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden (301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia).