Dear Beloved Community,
Centro Legal de la Raza is heartbroken to learn of Supervisor Richard Valle of Alameda County’s passing. Supervisor Valle was a tireless champion for immigrants and refugees, tenants, youth, and working families in our community. Just this last year, it was our honor to recognize Supervisor Valle with our Champion for Justice Award, celebrating and honoring his commitment to our beloved East Bay community.
Supervisor Valle fought hard for resources to support migrant children fleeing violence and persecution, supported increased protection of families affected by adverse immigration enforcement, and fought hard to make sure that low-income tenants were provided not only with policy protections to prevent unjust eviction and displacement, but made sure that resources were allocated to ensure that community members had access to legal representation to enforce those rights. Without Supervisor Valle’s unwavering support of the Alameda County eviction moratorium, thousands of Alameda County tenants would have been displaced during the COVID-19 pandemic. His leadership could always be counted on to fight for those who are most marginalized in Alameda County.
As a Latina growing up in Hayward, he served as inspiration to what successful leadership looks like while staying grounded in community and staying true to core social justice values. He was a role model to me and my colleagues.
On behalf of Centro Legal, we are committed to upholding his legacy as we continue our work towards creating an equitable place for all Alameda County residents. He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, colleagues, and our fellow Alameda County residents.