1960s - 1970s

1968: Chicano Student Walkouts

  • In 1968, Antonio participated in the historic Chicano high school student walkout.
  • At the time, it was the largest mass mobilization of Mexican Americans in Southern California’s history.

1969 - 1973: Standing with Cesar Chavez and the Solano Grape Boycotts

  • Antonio took his activism from the school yard and the streets of Los Angeles and joined the Grape Boycotts led by civil rights leaders Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
  • In 2018, Antonio was endorsed by the United Farm Workers in his campaign for Governor of California. UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said, “Antonio has consistently stood with and worked with farmworkers in good times and tough times over the course of many years.”

1980s

Labor Leader and Community Organizer

  • 1977-1985: Antonio was a steward, chief steward and president of AFGE, representing employees at the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission in five states.
  • 1986-1987: Antonio was an organizer/field representative with SEIU 1000.
  • 1987-1994: Antonio was a field representative/organizer with United Teachers Los Angeles – a union of more than 33,000 teachers.
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Head of the Southern California ACLU

  • Antonio served as president of the ACLU of Southern California.
  • Speaking at the 2018 Democratic State Convention in California, Antonio noted, “As president of the ACLU of Southern California, I never gave up on the idea that every single person deserves equality, opportunity and respect.”
  • That principle continues to guide his policy agenda as he campaigns for Governor of California.