Mario Lazcano Jose Mario Lazcano Mario was born in Mexico City in the year 1950. He was a student present during the events of what came to be known as the Tlatelolco Massacre in which a series of student demonstrations and confrontations with police led up to the killing of as many as three hundred student students and civilians by military and police on October 2, 1968 (the actual number is unknown). This contributed to him becoming a passionate advocate and an avid thinker in regard to politics and human rights issues. He came to the U.S. in 1984 to work in in the fields and packing plants in the Coachella Valley as an undocumented worker. During the Amnesty of 1985 and 1986 he applied for and was granted legal residency. Out of his humble home in Coachella Mario helps hundreds of people every year to navigate the process of becoming legal residents of the United States, often for very little or no money. He explains and describes the process to them down to the specifics of best times to try to get an appointment online, size of photos to submit with applications, reviews their answers to interview questions and a myriad of other details. He emphasizes honesty, honor and doing things the right way, he believes this is the way to move forward as a community. “… Mexico is an extremely valuable country… thanks to the Mexican people’s capacity. Mexicans are honest people, with a love for work and a desire to move forward, they are honest and honorable and they work towards creating better conditions for every one”. Mario’s early life experience propelled him into a life of service “I believe that a person’s life has no value if it is not in the service of others, one’s value as a human being is in direct relationship to what one gives to others”. He has qualities of both a great thinker and a great leader. He speaks passionately and intelligently about the issues that immigrants have to deal with in the Coachella Valley. He is also organizer and an activist, often on the front line. “One of the things that I love about U.S. society is how it’s citizens demand. They don’t ask, they demand…by contrast in Mexico the culture of dictatorship has caused many Mexicans to not demand, to not dream and to not achieve…people must not accept inequality and injustice because this is what will cause society to fail, to die".