Jose Oliva

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Gender MALE
Industry Non-Profit
Occupation Organizer
Location Chicago, IL, United States
Introduction Jose Oliva was born in Xelaju, Guatemala, 1972. As a result of Jose’s mothers’ involvement in social justice issues, they were forced to flee Guatemala in 1985. In the U.S. Jose then was called to be Executive Director of Casa Guatemala where he began to organize day-laborers in Chicago’s street corners. He founded the Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center and then became the Coordinator of Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Workers' Centers Network. Then in 2008 he became the coordinator for the Workers’ Alliance for a Just Economy a program of the Center for Community Change. Currently Jose is the Policy Coordinator for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United the national organization of restaurant workers.