LUIS SANTOYO-MEJÍA, COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

A child of the Tijuana-San Diego border, and of a tireless working-class single mother, Luis enrolled at Southwestern College dreaming of dental glory in Southern California but mysteriously ended up graduating from Yale University with a bachelor’s in literature. Thrust into the wild world of (un)employment amid the Great Recession, he sought refuge among his steadfast sisters and brothers at San Francisco hotels, who mercifully took him in, swiftly handed him a picket sign, and patiently helped dissipate the fog then obscuring his vision. From there, the labor movement has taken him to the national headquarters of the AFL-CIO, where he was a Media Outreach Fellow, and back. Either as an organizer in Los Angeles with Unite Here, in the Bay Area with Jobs with Justice, or as a communicator, a role he humbly assumes under the perfect sun these days, he knows it’s bread we fight for, but we fight for roses too!

Contact Luis Santoyo-Mejía: luis@onlinecpi.org