Cristela Alonzo is visiting the RGV to fight for immigrant rights

Comedian, actress, and activist Cristela Alonzo will be a special guest at La Union del Pueblo Entero’s (LUPE) 3rd Biennial Gala.

Alonzo is a Rio Grande Valley native who made TV history by being the first Latina to create, produce, and star in a TV sitcom, “Cristela.” She also has a stand-up special, “Lower Classy,” on Netflix in which she shares hilarious stories of growing up in the Rio Grande Valley.

“This event allows us to reflect on past victories as we honor those who have dedicated their lives to the farm worker movement,” Tania Chavez, Fund Development & Systems Strategist at LUPE, told Neta. “But it’s also a reminder of the work that we have ahead as we recognize the current work and struggles of the LUPE Leaders.”

The gala will take place on Oct. 12 at the Mayrin Banquet Hall in Edinburg, Texas, and proceeds benefit LUPE’s programs and services.

The immigrant rights group connected with Alonzo after she reached out to them through their social media accounts asking how she can get involved.

“She wanted to get involved and be able to give back to the community she was born in,” Chavez said. “We felt her participation in the gala would be appropriate as her personal journey is similar to the many members of mixed-status families in our Valley.”

Also present in the gala will be Keynote Speaker Julie Chavez Rodriguez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez. Rodriguez served as a Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and currently works as State Director for Senator Kamala Harris.

“Every time we have a gala,” Chavez explained, “we choose a theme that resonates with the community to reflect the current work being done. This year’s theme is Community Resistance: Our History is more powerful than any threat.”

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