Who We Are

Julio E. López Varona

State Director

Born in the “island of enchantment” 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 helped develop a system of advocacy dockets that ensured that recently arrested citizens were properly represented. Later on, Julio worked with 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 and helped secure a historic contract that guaranteed pay raises, a paid time of fund and training opportunities to 7,000 home care workers. Julio went on to lead a membership campaign that increased home care membership in the union from less than 5% to 35% in a year. Julio is the founding organizer of Make the Road CT and has helped the organization go from monthly meetings with 10-15 members to a thriving organizing hub with 5 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.

Julio can be reached at: (787) 612-6422 or julio.lopez@maketheroadct.org

Barbara López

Lead Organizer 

Originally from California, Barbara is a first generation American. Barbara learned about the importance of her community from her Guatemalan parents, who came to the United States in search for a better life. Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Barbara is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Deeply invested in social justice, Barbara organized with Service Employees International Union locals in CT, MA, RI, MN and CA for 4 years. There Barbara was able to empower thousands of health care workers, home care workers and child care providers to form unions and secure contracts. Barbara has been organizing with Make the Road CT close to 2 years. In this time, Barbara formed a parent committee and organized them to launched their first successful campaign, In Our Language Please. Barbara continues to strengthen the parent committee to implement their recommendations and to fight for better opportunities for the children in Bridgeport’s education system. As the lead organizer, Barbara will continue to strategize, support and implement campaigns with our members to fight for dignity, respect and a quality of life in their community. 

Barbara can be reached at: (203) 520-3144 or barbara.lopez@maketheroadct.org 

Luis G. Luna

Worker Organizer 

Luis migrated from Ecuador to Connecticut as a young man with his family. Growing up in the area of New Haven County, Luis saw first hand, many injustices that the immigrant community endured and became invested to fight for justice in the immigrant movement ever since. Luis collaborated with many grass roots organizations to fight against deportations and wage theft in his community. After school, Luis moved to New York for a couple of years where he worked for New York Communities for Change and organized car wash workers. Luis returned to CT, and worked as a certified interpreter for many years in different spaces. Some highlights as an interpreter have been working at the United Nations and Yale New Haven Hospital. Luis enjoys cultivating his creativity through his documentary photography and has received years of training to sharpen his skill. Another way his creativity shines, is being a radio host every third Thursday of the month for WPKN, there he speak on current issues such immigration, politics, education, and plays eclectic music. As the Worker Organizer of Make the Road CT, Luis is now in charge of building a worker committee that will push legislation to improve the scheduling practices of workers in CT in a way that helps them support themselves and their families.

Luis can be reached at: (203) 440-6304 or luis.luna@maketheroadct.org 

Alison Martinez Carrasco

Youth Organizer

Alison migrated from Ecuador to Connecticut when she was four years old with her parents. Growing up in the Hartford County, her youth organizing began in 2012 with Connecticut Students for a Dream (c4d). Since then, Alison became committed to promote social change and justice. She became a community organizer and activist that no longer allowed the stigma attached to her immigration status devalue her humanity. In 2013, she continued with c4d as their campus organizer. In 2014, she co-founded the Greater Hartford Region for c4d. There, she facilitated bi-weekly community meetings, held workshops and led a successful administrative and legislative campaign called “Afford to Dream,” to pass legislation that allows more undocumented students to attain higher education in CT. Also, understanding the need for economic justice in her community, she founded the organization’s first ever scholarship committee to fundraise for undocumented immigrant students. As Youth Organizer at Make the Road CT, Alison will continue to use her knowledge to implement urgency for youth to organize to fight for equity and become the best version of themselves in their communities.

Alison’s pronouns are: she/her/hers/ella. She can be reached at: (860) 895-3849 or alison.martinez@maketheroadct.org

 

 

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