“The greatest environmental Latino on the planet, Antonio González, is gone,” says Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network. “Antonio was a friend and hero. He brought the issues of climate change and the environment to his beloved people and lived a passionate, wonderful life.”
With his Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP),González was responsible for mobilizing thousands of voters and fostering a new generation of community leaders fighting for justice. Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America in 2005, and earlier this year he was named to the Frederick Douglass 200, honoring individuals who best embody the work and spirit of Frederick Douglass.
Earth Day Network was honored to work with him through the years. We send best wishes to his family and friends and colleagues at Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) and The William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI).
More about his accomplishments and spirit:
Join statement from SVREP and the WCVI.
Tribute from Latino Rebels: “Unbent, Unbowed: Remembering Antonio González”
Statement on Passing of @SuVotoEsSuVoz Pres. Antonio Gonzalez. “Our state has lost an extraordinary man & we will always be grateful for the legacy he leaves behind in his pursuit of progress to our nation in the form of voter registration, education & engagement.” #SuVotoEsSuVoz pic.twitter.com/WIRmWSYTF2
— José Menéndez (@Menendez4Texas) November 13, 2018
The people of #SanAntonio will miss
Antonio Gonzalez, president of Southwest Voter Registration Project. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
— Mayor Ron Nirenberg (@Ron_Nirenberg) November 13, 2018