Support May Day 2017 in Boyle Heights!

Centro CSO is a neighborhood organization; completely funded by the people. We are not a non-profit and we are not affiliated with any political parties.

Centro CSO is preparing to host May Day in Boyle Heights for the third year in a row, and is humbly asking for your help!

Some of our demands this May Day include: legalization NOT deportations, defend DACA, no to Bracero Programs, and no to U.S.A wars and occupations.

Items we will be using the funding for include:

Flat-bed truck,
Sound system,
Printed materials (flyers/posters)

The movement against the racist Trump administration will continue in Boyle Heights. Si se puede!

Tomorrow | Protest to Demand “Jail Killer Cops!”

18Join Centro CSO in PROTESTING to demand Jackie Lacey prosecute and jail killer cops. As District Attorney of Los Angeles, Jackie Lacey holds the power to investigate and prosecute killer cops for the crimes they continuously committ against the people.

LAPD has killed a whopping 20+ (mostly) Black and Chicanx/Latinx lives; Boyle Heights itself has seen FIVE this year.
This is at the old Hall of Justice at 211 West Temple st building at corner of Temple and Broadway in downtown LA.
Help us demand justice, bring a poster, bring your energy! JAIL KILLER COPS! LAPD IS GUILTY.


We Continue Fighting Back

Boyle Heights continues to come under attack with the fifth killing, this year. LAPD will not stop unless we continue to fight back.

Families of Jesse Romero, Arturo Torrez, Edwin Rodriguez, Jose “Peruzzi” Mendez, (and many other who have come forward since Centro CSO began organizing around these cases), will not rest until there is justice. Jail killer cops, release all videos, and justice for all of these victims of police terror.

Thank you to everyone who has come out to support. We have many actions planned! The most-updated social media outlets are our facebook and our twitter. Please follow both.

#HastaLaVictoria, siempre.

Centro CSO Presents “Bread & Roses” Movie Night

Be sure to join Centro CSO on August 6th for a movie night in Boyle Heights! We will be showing the movie Bread & Roses (see trailer below).

Bread and Roses is a 2000 drama film directed by Ken Loach, starring Adrien Brody. The plot deals with the struggle of poorly paid janitorial workers in Los Angeles and their fight for better working conditions and the right to unionize. It is based on the “Justice for Janitors” campaign of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). (from wikipedia)

There will be a potluck and a discussion after the film about joining the labor struggle as working-class Chicanos and peoples in Los Angeles.

Please join us!


Centro CSO Gearing Up for MEChA Conference | Tucson, AZ

Centro Community Service Organization (CSO) is gearing up for the MEChA Conference in Tucson, Arizona! Starting on March 17th – 20th, many of us are flying or carpooling there.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán; “Chican@ Student Movement of Aztlán”, the @ being a gender neutral inflection) is an organization that seeks to promote Chicano unity and empowerment.

Centro CSO upholds the Chicano Nation as being Aztlán and we understand the past influences the future. We hope to report on the conference and to meet many new faces.

Our struggle is at home and in East LA – specifically Boyle Heights but our fight is tied to all the Chican@s in all the U.S.; those stuck in a country that never loved them, and continues to repress them in their neighborhoods, schools, streets, at their jobs, culturally, and economically.

With many struggles left to win and unite under, don’t be discouraged if you can’t join Centro CSO at the MEChA Conference, we have plenty going on in Boyle Heights for you to join.

Hasta la victoria!

Centro CSO – Boyle Heights – Fighting for Immigrant Rights!


LA’s Centro CSO starts 2016 fighting for Deferred Action for all!

By staff |
January 22, 2016
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Members of Centro CSO. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Los Angeles, CA – In early 2014 there was hope that undocumented parents would be able to be protected against deportation, when President Obama issued an executive order to create Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Deferred Action for Children Arrivals, also known as DAPA/DACA. In 2014, 26 Republican governors, led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, filed a lawsuit in federal court that blocked its implementation. The Obama administration filed a speedy appeal challenging the Republican-led lawsuit. The U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in April and issue a ruling in June 2016. Millions of people will be are anxiously watching this ruling. Centro CSO plans to continue fighting for Deferred Action and legalization for all in the East Side of Los Angeles.

This January members of the Boyle Heights community group Centro CSO gathered to start the New Year fighting against deportations and in favor of Deferred Action. Knocking door-to-door, flyering outside of churches and taking to the streets, members of Centro CSO obtained many petition signatures in support of Deferred Action.

Centro CSO is a grassroots community-based organization that fights for equality for Mexicans, Chicanos and Latinos in the Boyle Heights area.

On Jan. 20, Centro CSO organized a successful first meeting for the year, in the heart of Boyle Heights. Plans for 2016 include a March 5 action to pressure the U.S. Supreme court for a favorable ruling on Deferred Action. Chicano activist Carlos Montes, arrested in the 1968 ELA walkouts, called on the meeting to unite and make plans for a large march and rally on May 1 in the heart of Boyle Heights to demand legalization for all and equality for Chicanos and Latinos.

Boyle Heights has a long history of resistance and mass marches against attacks. In 1994 over 150,000 people, mostly Latinos, marched in the heart of Boyle Heights to protest California proposition 187 that would have criminalized the undocumented.

Last year’s Central American refugee crisis shines a light on how the U.S.’s lack of immigration reform and a fair refugee policies causes suffering for Central Americans. The Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Customs Enforcement began deportation proceedings of Central Americans who have been denied political asylum. Central Americans may be granted political asylum but they must file an application and prove their case. However Mexicans are not eligible for political asylum and to avoid arrest by ICE take the dangerous routes to cross the U.S. border. They face death crossing dangerous desert terrain and violence on the border. Racist attacks continue against the undocumented and are being promoted by politicians like billionaire Donald Trump.

“Deferred Action for Parents of Americans will open the doors to many parents who have been in the shadows for years,” says Maria Ocampo of Centro CSO. “The parents who day after day fight for a dream. They deserve the right to live with no fear of being deported. No more separation of families!”

“A new year means a new victory left to fight for and win,” Says Sol Marquez another member of Centro CSO. “While Trump and other politicians running for U.S. president are busy trying to fool us, deportations continue. And while many organizations would push the undocumented aside, in Boyle Heights we’re trying to organize them to fight back! DAPA would mean protection against deportations for thousands of undocumented immigrants.”

Centro CSO has monthly organizing meetings. If you would like to get involved call 323-943-2030 or email If you would like to sign the online DAPA petition click here:

A New Year to Fight for Immigrants! | Attend the Centro CSO Meeting

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Es un nuevo año! Y tenemos que encontrar una nueva campaña para este año. Únete a los miembros de Centro CSO, y personas de Boyle Heights para planear, e preparar nuestra nueva campaña para el año 2016!

Cuándo: 20 de enero 2016
Hora: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Dónde: Benjamin Franklin Biblioteca

It’s a new year! And we need to find a new campaign to work on this year. Join Centro CSO members as well as people from Boyle Heights as we plan-out and prepare to have a NEW CAMPAIGN for the 2016 year!

When: January 20th, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Benjamin Franklin Library


Boyle Heights to Protest GOP and Trump!

Centro CSO will be organizing a caravan from Boyle Heights to the Republican Debate – happening on Mexico’s Independence Day September 16th.

We invite you to join us in protesting the GOP and Donald Trump! Trump has publicly bashed immigrants and proposed his solution on immigration: DEPORT THEM ALL!

Not only are we against Trump’s proposal, we are also against New York Republican Candidate Chris Christie’s immigration proposal – bar-coding immigrants like FedEx boxes! No one on the Republican side has our backs, and this is why we will be protesting THEM ALL!

Join us in saying: #Not1More deportation, no militarization at the border, no guest-worker/recyclable labor, and no more detentions!

If you are interested in joining our caravan leaving from Boyle Heights to Simi Valley, please message us here or at:

Time: Meet at 3:30 PM
Location Benjamin Franklin Library at the intersection of 1st & Chicago
Who: Centro CSO, La Raza Unida + community members