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Eliseo Medina

Eliseo Medina, former international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), chairs the Immigration and Latino Civic Engagement Initiative and leads the union’s efforts to achieve commonsense immigration reform. Medina began his career as a labor activist in 1965 as a 19-year-old grape-picker. Working alongside Cesar Chavez, he honed his skills as a union organizer and political strategist. In 1996, he was elected international executive vice president of SEIU; in 2010, he was elected international secretary-treasurer. He stepped down from that post in 2013 to focus his energies on immigration reform. Later that year, Medina spearheaded the “Fast for Families” campaign, during which he fasted for 22 days in a tent on the National Mall. His efforts reignited the movement for immigration reform.
Friday, June 19

2:45pm EDT