“I grew up in South Los Angeles surrounded by heavy gang culture, violence, and poverty. I grew up angry at my situation but didn’t realize how wide the disparities were in my community until I moved to Westwood to attend UCLA. I became determined to come back to fight and organize with my community to create the neighborhoods we want and deserve.”
Miguel Dominguez grew up in South LA where he graduated from Manual Arts High School. He earned his B.A. in Chicana/o Studies & Political Science at UCLA where he was a student activist working on access and retention issues of students of color. Through UNITE HERE Local 11, he successfully helped organize residents in Long Beach to vote for and pass a living wage measure for hospitality workers. He joined the Community Coalition team as a youth organizer and continues to fight for social justice for marginalized communities.