John Delloro, the national president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), passed away from a heart attack in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 38.
Delloro spent more than two decades of his life fighting for and taking the side of the working people.
He was a student leader and activist at UCLA, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1994 and his Master of Arts in Asian American Studies in 1996. Soon after, he joined the APALA as a participant in the APALA Organizing Institute.
He was elected national president in 2009. He transformed the APALA and fundamentally altered the Asian Pacific American labor movement. This movement brought a wave of young leaders into the organization.
The impact that Delloro had on the APALA, the labor movement, as well as the broader social justice movement, is reflected in the outpouring of support that has been received on his behalf.
Delloro is survived by his wife, Susan Suh, and his children, Mina and Malcolm. ♦
Memorial services were organized in his memory in Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. and Washington, D.C. To contribute to the John Delloro Memorial Fund, send donations to:
LACCD Foundation c/o Rix Bradford Associates
512 N. Larchmonth Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004