Governor Brown to Induct Organizer Fred Ross into CA Hall of Fame

by on June 17, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has announced a new class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame, and it includes the legendary community organizer Fred Ross. Among his many achievements, Ross trained both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in community organizing. He also pioneered a Latino electoral outreach strategy still widely used across the nation today. Long content to stay out of the limelight, Ross remains a revered figure for generations of community and labor organizers.

A new edition of Ross’s legendary “Axiom for Organizers” will be released in a beautifully designed e-book by the end of the month. It is a must read for anyone organizing for social justice.

In addition to Ross, the 8th class of California Hall of Fame inductees includes: basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; civil-rights heroine Charlotta Bass; literary icon Joan Didion; legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola; environmental scientist Stephen Schneider; and social-activism innovator Mimi Silbert. Silbert and Delancey Street are longtime allies of the UFW and the farmworkers movement, making her appointment along with Ross a timely tribute.

“These talented pioneers represent the very best of California,” said Governor Brown. “Their determination, intelligence and creativity continue to inspire us.”

Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees will receive a Spirit of California medal from the Governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at The California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento.

“I am honored to be chosen for the California Hall of Fame,” said inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “It is a significant achievement to join the ranks of the other honorees. They have set an example of achievement that every Californian can admire and emulate.”

Inductees into the California Hall of Fame have made remarkable achievements across a variety of California industries and areas of influence including science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics. In addition to the ceremony, inductees will also be commemorated with an exhibit of personal artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at The California Museum.

“The Museum is thrilled to honor this new class of remarkable Californians,” said Richard Costigan III, Chair of The California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “Each reflects the ingenuity and creativity that California is known for in their respected fields, while as a class they represent the diversity that California is celebrated for around the world.”

We will provide full details on how people can view or attend the induction ceremony as the event approaches.

Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw's latest book is Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. He is the author of four prior books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. He is also the author of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

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