Who We Are





Union de Vecinos is an organization of neighborhood committees building community power in Boyle Heights (East LA) and the City of Maywood. Our members represent all sectors of our community: tenants, homeowners, families, youth, seniors, immigrants, low income families, working class families, and small business owners. Union de Vecinos started in 1996 with 12 families fighting against the demolition of the Pico Aliso public housing projects. We have grown to a member base of hundreds of families who are: 

Preserving local neighborhoods and building community
Fighting for the right to housing and against displacement
Promoting economic and environmental justice

Staff

Leonardo Vilchis, Director
lvilchis@uniondevecinos.net

Elizabeth Blaney, Director
eblaney@uniondevecinos.org

Trinidad Ruiz, Director of Storytelling and Sustainability
truiz@weorganizela.org

Ofelia Platon, Organizer
oplaton@uniondevecinos.org

Jose Estrada, Organizer
jestrada@uniondevecinos.org

Steve Cancian, Organizer
canciansteve@gmail.com

Board of Directors

All the board members are Latino and low income residents from the communities where we work. They work as day laborers, domestic workers, child care providers, construction workers, homemakers, salesman, and factory workers. A few are retired. The majority of our board members are immigrants. Our board members represent all sectors of our community: immigrants, tenants, homeowners, families, youth, seniors, low income families, working class families, and small business owners.

Name

Jose Diaz

Liliana Garcia

Veronica Banuelos

Carmen Bernal

Maria Franco

Jennifer Morales

Luz Rivera

Francisco Martinez 

Abigail Maldanado 

Francisco Martinez 

Ema Cortez 

Lorena Gonzalez 

Maria Quintana 

Ana Hernandez 

Maria Lopez 

Petronila Lozano 

Francisco Vazquez 

Imelda Vasquez 

Manuel Hernandez

Juan Fernandez 

Luna Espinoza 

Fernie Ramirez 

Silvia Hernandez

Maria Rivera

Teresa Alfaro

Margarita Ramierez

Committee:

Progreso

Progreso

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chasvez

Hollenbeck

Hollenbeck

Vecinos Unidos

Vecinos Unidos

Pleasant

Pleasant

Jordan Downs

Jordan Downs

Pico Aliso

Pico Aliso

El Milagro

El Milagro

Union y Voz

Union y Voz

Barrio Unido

Barrio Unido

Community Construction

Community Construction

Esperanza

Esperanza

Bienestar

Bienestar

Testimonials

  • Que bueno que hay una organicacion como Union de Vecinos para que la gente busque ayuda!

    Mayra, 15 year resident in Boyle Heights

  • “RENT CONTROLLED HOUSING CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE DEMOLISHED UNTIL LA’ HOUSING CRISIS IS SOLVED.”

    Martha Cordoba