Organizer – Project Voice (Proyecto Voz)
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
Luis Magaña is an organizer who works in the San Joaquin valley town of Stockton, an area rich in ethnic diversity. He is the Coordinator of Project Voice (Proyecto Voz), an American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) organization, which advocates for immigrant rights. He utilizes the emerging community issues and neighborhood campaigns to highlight underlying structural injustices. Magaña does everything from educating workers on how to report and seek treatment for injuries caused by pesticides to assisting them when employers don’t pay them for work.
In past years, he worked with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (UFW) as an organizer and negotiator. He helped to organize one of the most successful farm worker strikes, the wildcat strike of tomato pickers in Joaquin Valley, in 1983. The strike ended when Magaña was able to negotiate a settlement that improved conditions for the tomato pickers.