We continue to be deeply saddened and heartbroken by the passing of our beloved colleague, Linda Gomez Evans. She lit up rooms. She nurtured every relationship, fought every battle with conviction and loved with an open heart. Her capacity to show compassion had no bounds and her gorgeous dimpled smile made you feel safe, like everything would be alright.
Linda was our drum major for change and justice, and knew that the rights and freedoms we enjoy today aren’t guaranteed. Linda was a freedom fighter and made it her life’s mission to end mass incarceration.
While incarcerated, she facilitated many support groups and in return built a family. Upon her release in 2018, she immersed herself in the social justice movement.
She joined Community Coalition that year as a fellow in the inaugural Community Organizing Fellowship. Since then, she worked on campaigns like Measure J, Measure R, Prop 17, and the protection of Prop 47 to bring back home and support people that are system-impacted. She fought for the liberation of loved ones up and down California. Not only was she a leader at Community Coalition, she also left a lasting impact with organizations like Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, A New Way of Life, All of Us or None, Time Done-Californians for Safety and Justice, Homeboy Industries, and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.
In her most recent role, Linda was CoCo’s Civic Engagement Manager. She was dedicated to developing grassroots leaders and changing public policy through widespread education and community engagement. She built teams of people who have been system-impacted, many of whom considered her a mentor and genuinely loved her for believing in them. Linda recently led a team of outreach workers who knocked on 31,000 doors and talked to 20,000 Black and Latino residents in South LA about Covid-19 and the vaccine. The goal was to cover 15 zip codes by June 30 which she met and exceeded. She played a critical role in keeping her home of South LA safe and protected.
Her activism embodied the words of Mrs. Coretta Scott King who so eloquently stated, “struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
Ancestor, spirit, sister, we love you, Linda. We are grateful for all the memories and the countless gifts you selflessly shared with us. Rest in Power.