SAÚL SARABIA Saúl Sarabia is an LA native who began his work as a community organizer focused on racial justice and the legal system in 1999 at the Community Coalition in South Los Angeles.
There he led successful campaigns to organize grandmothers and relatives caring for children whose parents were incarcerated or struggling with addiction. They forced the County child welfare system to shift more of its $1 billion budget towards these caregivers instead of group homes.
He also pioneered organizing formerly incarcerated people with social service providers, their clients, and family members of system-impacted people. He has been an advisor to the LA chapter of All of Us or None, a national association of formerly incarcerated people fighting to change laws that discriminate against people who have been arrested or convicted, since its inception.
Saúl was a student activist at UCLA from 1988 to 1996, serving as Editor in Chief of La Gente, the bilingual student newsmagazine for Chicano/ Latino students and Chair of the La Raza Law Students Association. As editor, he elevated the student hunger strike for a Chicano Studies Dept. and led a sit in to prevent resegregation of the law school and a boycott of his law school graduation when the faculty ended affirmative action in 1996.
In 2003, he returned to the campus to teach in the Chicano Studies department and to involve UCLA students in community organizing. He then led the Critical Race Studies program at UCLA Law School, training a new generation of legally trained social justice activists. He believes strongly that partnering student and community leaders is crucial to social movement building.
Today, he runs a political consulting firm called Solidarity and has a part-time appointment at the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, where he focuses on the Future of Work in a Decarcerated California. His firm is leading campaign’s outreach for George Gascón for LA County DA in the San Fernando Valley, where he has lived for 10 years.