Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Memorial set for activist Eric Quezada

A memorial is set for Sunday, September 25 to remember Eric Quezada (seen at left), the Mission neighborhood activist who died of cancer in August.

The event is 2 to 5 p.m. at Horace Mann Middle School, 3351 23rd Street in San Francisco.

Featured speakers will include out gay Supervisor David Campos, who defeated Quezada in his bid for the District 9 seat in 2008, as well as Supervisors John Avalos and Eric Mar. Supervisors have proclaimed Sunday “Eric Quezada Day.”

Quezada, 45, was the executive director of Dolores Street Community Services. He and officials from other nonprofits had been working to expand Dolores Street’s homeless shelter to include space welcoming to LGBTs. A completion date for the project has not been announced.

A statement from Quezada’s associates said, “Quezada inspired thousands of San Franciscans to stand up for housing justice and immigrant rights,” and helped form groups ranging from the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition to the San Francisco Immigration Legal and Education Network. He’s also been praised for ensuring the inclusion of LGBT issues in immigration reform discussions.

Francisco Ugarte, a friend and colleague of Quezada’s, stated that Quezada was “a giant in the progressive movement in San Francisco and touched the lives of countless people.  For more than two decades, Eric worked in grassroots struggles to advance the rights of low-income folks, from housing and immigrant rights to solidarity with struggles for justice around the globe. Eric’s legacy gives us hope to believe in a better tomorrow.”

At the memorial, organizers will be collecting letters to Quezada’s daughter Ixchel. As a tribute to Quezada, and to help Ixchel know who her father was, people who knew Eric are asked to write letters to Ixchel about what Quezada meant to them.

Lorena Melgarejo, Quezada’s wife, and other friends and family members will offer testimonials at the service. Peformers will include Guatemalan singer Ana Nitmar and local singer-songwriter Francisco Herrera.

For more information, visit Quezada’s Facebook page.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 23, 2011 @ 12:18 pm PST
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