Josephine Lopez Paul - Lead Organizer
Josephine is a community organizer with the Southwest Industrial Areas Foundation and is Lead Organizer for Dallas Area Interfaith, a coalition of congregations, schools and non-profits organizing for local change. She has organized with other IAF affiliate organizations in Albuquerque, El Paso and Fort Worth and is a 2018 Dallas Public Voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project. Her recent successful organizing campaigns in Dallas include revising the city’s housing code to assist give the 60 percent of city residents who rent stronger protections; increasing trust between immigrants and law enforcement through a Catholic parish ID program; and developing a 10,000-voter bloc drawn from member institutions and surrounding neighborhoods in preparation for the November 2018 election.
Socorro Perales - Organizer
Socorro Perales joined the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) after 14 years in law enforcement with the Texas Department of Public Safety. As an organizer with COPS/Metro in San Antonio, she organized the renovation of Albert Benavides Park and created a $4 Million master plan that included a multipurpose center, jogging trail, soccer field and basketball court. As an organizer with Valley Interfaith, she helped leaders in Las Milpas increase voter turnout by 1,000 to secure a much-needed library and multi-purpose center.