The women being honored are Lupe Quintero from El Centro, CA and Brenda Wise of Potrero, CA.
“Both of these women are pillars in their respective communities,” said Senator Ducheny. “Throughout my entire tenure in the Senate I have witnessed their determination to serve others.”
“Lupe is a champion throughout the Imperial Valley and the State as a tireless advocate for farm workers, the economically disadvantaged and marginalized communities,” Senator Ducheny added. “Her work this year to ensure that we have an accurate Census count is very important for the valley.” Senator Ducheny stated that Brenda Wise, a certified as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, “is a catalyst for disaster preparedness in the back country region of San Diego. She has been there for the two major wildfires that hit San Diego, and without her leadership it would have been very difficult to support the impacted communities.”
Lupe Quintero is a local hero from the Imperial Valley. In 1970, she began working part-time at California Rural Legal Assistance in El Centro, Ca. During the summer of 1971, she began volunteering with the United Farmworkers Union at their office at “El Hoyo” in Calexico. CRLA hired her full-time as a Community Worker circa 1976. Anyone who has experienced problems with access to food stamps, unemployment, housing, health services, educational equity, and human rights has met Lupe and found her to be tireless in her drive to find resolution and justice for her clients. In 2000, she played a critical role in implementing the US Census locally and is at the helm again in CRLA’s Census efforts.