Julio E. López Varona - Unrig Summit: Nashville

Julio E. López Varona

Julio E. López Varona

Julio E. López Varona

Co-Director of Community Dignity Campaigns | Center for Popular Democracy

Julio is the Co-Director of Community Dignity Campaigns at the Center for Popular Democracy were he supports our affiliates in building campaigns around Puerto Rico and immigration.

Julio received his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor at the University of Puerto Rico. He later received his LLM on International and Comparative Law at Tulane Law School and received training in arbitration and conflict resolution at Humboldt University in Berlin. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Orleans Public Defenders and as a project officer for the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor to create a mediation program between citizens and the police. In 2012, he moved to Connecticut where he became a union organizer with SEIU NE 1199.

Julio was the founding organizer of Make the Road CT and has helped the organization go from monthly meetings to a thriving organizing hub with 9 active campaigns and a growing membership base with regular weekly meetings where 30-40 members eat, share and plan the next steps of their campaigns. During this time, Julio also became involved in the Hedge Clipper Puerto Rico campaign that has held accountable corporate players that have hurt Puerto Rico and has pushed pension funds to divest billions of dollars from these companies.

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