Antonio Bernabe
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Antonio Bernabe was born in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico on June 4, 1960. He grew up in Mexico where he also met his lifelong partner and wife, Martha. In Mexico his two older children, Tony and Martha, were born. To provide a better life for his family, Antonio migrated to the United States in the mid 1990's and made the San Fernando Valley his home. Soon after his family was reunited and Gabriela and Valeria were born and completed their tight-knit and loving family.Antonio Bernabé joined CHIRLA in 1997 as Day Laborer Site Coordinator and community organizer, he later became Director of Organizing.At CHIRLA, Antonio helped open and run day laborer centers and create the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), an advocacy and grassroots organization that fights for the rights of day laborers. Some of his career achievements include helping create the Building a Community leadership development program; advocating for AB60, a California bill signed into law which allowed immigrants to get drivers' licenses in California, and organizing communities to support SB54, the California Values Act, which limits collaboration between local police departments and federal immigration enforcers.Antonio was a leader in the fight for a living minimum wage. He fought against wage theft and for immigrant workers' rights. Throughout his career he helped immigrant workers collect millions of dollars in unpaid wages, and worked with faith institutions, Mexican consulates, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division to create EMPLEO: a national hotline for immigrant workers to call when they were facing abuse. He trained thousands of grassroots leaders and organizers so they could have an active role in changing their lives.Antonio was a state and national leader in the fight for immigration reform; for the past 20 years Antonio led the coordination of May Day marches. On May 1, Los Angeles participates in powerful and colorful marches in favor of legalization.Antonio made North Hollywood his home for more than 30 years. He is survived by his wife and life partner Martha Bernabé; his 4 children: Martha, Tony, Gabriela, and Valeria; and his grandchildren Brooklyn and Cinelli. His CHIRLA family mourns his passing as he was a pillar of CHIRLA's leadership in favor of the rights of immigrants in this country.Donate to Tony's Family Fund: www.chirla.org/bernabefund/

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Jan. 30, 2021.
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February 7, 2021
He was a very good person and He was my older brother
Eduardo Bernabé Lule
Brother
January 30, 2021
Un increíble ser humano que siempre puso a los demás enfrente de cualquier necesidad que él hubiera tenido. Bueno de corazón, humilde quien amaba su familia apasionadamente.
No tenía conocimiento de qué es ser egoísta.

No solo ayudaba pero quería a su gente
Lucy Rivero
Acquaintance
January 30, 2021
I am so sorry to read about the death of your dear husband, Mr Antonio Bernarbe. Please accept my deepest condolences. I did not know him personally, but I read his obituary and he sounded like a wonderful, hardworking person. And also a loving Father and Husband. Your loss is indeed great. I hope that the wonderful memories you have of him will help you deal with your loss and grief. And I hope that loving family and friends will help you also. When my husband died 5 years ago from cancer, it was truly devastating for me and my 2 daughters. It was the most difficult experience in my life. But as each day passed, it got easier. I will never forget him, but eventually, I started to forget the pain. My hope for you is that as each day passes you will feel less pain and more acceptance of your new situation. Please know, that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today. And, if you would like to contact me, I have a listening ear if you need someone to talk to.
Yvonne Scott
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