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Photo courtesy of Diana Del Pozo-Mora

Lucy Delgado, lifelong Boyle Heights resident and founding member of various organizations such as Mothers of East LA, passed away on April 11. She was 87 years old.

Delgado is survived by two sons, Robert and Victor; daughter, Irene Delgado; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was a passionate advocate for community awareness who fought environmental injustices in her own backyard. Her deep-seated concern for the health and safety of her neighborhood made her an inspiration to the community as a leader of action, change and empowerment.

“A true, hard-working community leader was called to heaven this morning,” posted colleague and community activist Margarita Amador on Facebook. “She was a big contributor to many projects in Boyle Heights and will be truly missed.”

Delgado’s motto was “First my faith, then my love for Boyle Heights.”

Funeral services are scheduled for 9:30 am on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Resurrection Church followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Delgado was a founding member and active participant of many organizations such as:
-Mothers of East LA (MELA), Founding Member
-Boyle Heights Historical Society (BHHS), Founding Member
-Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council (BHNC), Founding Member
-Boyle Heights Neighbors Organization (BHNO), Founding Member
-Breed Street Shul Preservation Committee, Founding Member
-Jewish Historical Society, Member
-Japanese Historical Society, Member
-Community Action Team (C.A.T.), Member

With much passion she participated in:
- Supporting METRO/MTA in development and local projects in Boyle Heights.
- Supporting the Jewish Community with redevelopment of the Breed Street Shul.
- Supporting the Japanese-American National Museum in many presentations and projects.
- Against the use of pesticides on California grapes with Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers of America, during his fast.
- Against the prison in the 80’s by marching through the streets of Boyle Heights to protest the construction of a state prison near their neighborhood.
- Against the construction of a hazardous-waste incinerator in nearby Vernon in the 90’s.
- Against the Vernon Power Plant in nearby Vernon as well as the Golden Gate Theatre Project in East L.A. at the turn of the century

 


Diana del Pozo-Mora was born raised in Boyle Heights and is the Executive Director of Mothers of East LA, Vice President of Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, founding member of the Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community in Boyle Heights, Member of the Malabar Street School Parent Club, and on many assorted community boards for air quality issues.

 

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