Leopoldo Treviño Guerra Leopoldo Treviño Guerra Leopoldo Treviño has been working for justice in the Coachella Valley for almost fifty years. He has done so in the capacities of organizer, labor representative, advocate, and publisher. He is also the father of Mily Treviño Saucedo. Leopoldo was born in the state of Nuevo Leon in the north of Mexico. He lost his mother at the age of eight and went to to live with an aunt and uncle. This same aunt and uncle brought him to the United States when he was ten years old to work in the fields. When he was eighteen he tried to enlist in the U.S Army but he was not accepted and was instead ordered to leave the country because he was undocumented. He went back to Mexico, got married, and came back to the U.S. with his wife. They spent the next twenty-two years travelling around to the states of Texas, Idaho, Washington and California working on various farms and raising a family. In the early 1970s he arrived in the Coachella Valley for the first time. Up to this point Leopoldo was, like most other farm workers in the U.S, just trying to survive and provide for his family. In his travels he had been through Delano California and he had seen the work that the United Farm Workers Union was doing. He was impressed by the organization and the passion he saw at 40 Acres but did not get involved at that time. Once he and his family had settled in the valley Leopoldo became more active in calling out and addressing the injustices he saw in people's lives. He started working towards the improvement and development of his community through his church. He was a parishioner of the Valley Missionary Program, a program started by Father Jose Pawlicki in 1973. Father Pawlicki was assigned to work with the Latino population of the Coachella Valley out of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino. He worked to address the many social justice issues he saw in the valley and he influenced many people to become involved in their communities. Leopoldo participated in the successful campaign by the UFW to get the Coachella Valley Citrus Company to sign a contract with the union in 1975. After that he served as the first local representative for the UFW in the Valley, a position he held until 1978. As a part of his work with the church he also started publishing the newspaper El Informador Del Valle, a publication that he worked on for many years until he left and started his own paper, El Independiente. He and his second wife Maria Elena Castro de Treviño published El Independiente from 1995 to 2014 at which time they had to stop for health reasons but he plans to continue to write and publish. “What I would like to do now is to write. To write about how we can better ourselves. To educate children and young people as to what is good and bad. You don’t go to church to become a saint, you go to participate in community”. “If people do not participate in community meetings, boards, civic engagement, there will be no call for accounting. This is how we are going to make things better. Calling out the bad actors and bad actions in our leadership”. He has a lot of memories and a lot of experience and he would like to pass along the things he has learned to younger generations. To educate them about what is important “Integrity, respect, personal development…forgiving someone who has done wrong and giving them the opportunity to better themselves” the things that have always been important to him.