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Mrs. Maria Revelles, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Madrid, Spain, is an organizer for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199. SEIU represents 1.5 million service workers, many of them health-care workers.
Over the years, Ms. Revelles has led some of the most successful service-union organizing campaigns across the United States and in Puerto Rico, starting in the early 1990′s with the United Food and Commercial Workers and after the year 2000 with UNITE Union, developing and organizing strategies and workshops on diversity, and education and solidarity projects with unions in the Dominican Republic for women mostly in the Free Trade Area.
Ms. Revelles is the President of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Action League of Onondaga County in Syracuse, New York, member of the Mayor’s Women Commission, and a member of ACTS (Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse). She is also a Board Member of the Near Westside Initiative.
Ms. Revelles is the first Latina to serve on the Board of the Housing Authority of the City of Syracuse.
A strong believer in the integration of minorities and revitalization of the inner city, she and her family relocated into the Westside of the city of Syracuse, where a majority of Hispanics live, with the desire the help rebuild this community.
She advocates for and develops leaders within the community and encourages them to speak out on issues important to them, such as education, right to vote, health care, and immigrant rights.[/col] [/row]