Chief Organizing Officer

Bobbi Jo Chavarria has been involved in human rights and peace activism since joining the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding in 2006.  That decision has changed the direction of her professional career. Retiring from a long-time career in direct sales and management, Bobbi Jo turned her focus to global issues of peace, conflict-resolution and nonviolence.

It was the inspiration of five cousins, a nephew, and a family friend serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that prompted her to begin to serve her country and community with as much dedication and commitment as they were demonstrating in their service. And it was the birth of her first son that brought her focus to her neighborhood and city.

  • Established the Inland Empire Do Peace and Nonviolence Alliance (iedopna.blogspot.com) 
  • Worked with California Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
    • Helped guide the formation of three local neighborhood chapters of community residents to address concerns and issues such as street safety, crime prevention, improved education, and increased youth activities 
    • Worked with homeowners throughout the Inland Empire to address the foreclosure crisis, sub-prime, and often predatory lending practices 
    • Hosted two large foreclosure prevention workshops assisting over 300 families
    • Participated in workshops hosted by local legislators
    • Held weekly intake sessions providing assistance to homeowners in completing paperwork to begin working with nonprofit loan counselors 

Her organizational involvement includes the following:

  • Elected delegate, San Bernardino County Democratic Party (2016-2020)
  • Co-Founder, Catalina's List
  • Vice Chair, Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter, Executive Committee
  • Member, AD 47 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee
  • Member, AD 47 Social Justice Advisory Committee
  • Founder, Inland Empire DoPeace and Nonviolence Alliance (IEDOPNA)
  • The Peace Alliance, Regional Action Team Leader
  • GROW Fontana (Grassroots Rising and Organizing to Win)
  • Reform Immigration for America
  • Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
  • Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America (IE DSA), Organizing Committee
  • Organizing Team, Progressive Alliance of the Inland Empire
  • Co-founder and grassroots leader, Inland Empire for Bernie and San Bernardino County for Bernie
  • National Delegate 2016 to Democratic Convention

She also supports:

  • Veterans for Peace
  • Citizens Action for Peace
  • Inland Communities Fellowship of Reconciliation (IC FOR)
  • Equality Inland Empire
  • Sierra Club National
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Women's Action for New Directions
  • Sojourners
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Amnesty International
  • Progressive Christians United
  • California One Care
  • Health Care for America Now
  • Democracy for America
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

Both graduates of Fontana High School, she and her husband, Gil, have been homeowners in Fontana since December 1993, and have two sons, born in December 2008 and June 2012, and a cat.


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    WHEN
    February 22, 2017 at 7pm
    WHERE
    University of Redlands
    1200 E Colton Ave
    Redlands, CA 92374
    United States
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  • posted about Tell Obama: VETO the 21st Century Cures Act on Facebook 2016-12-09 09:41:40 -0800
    Sign the petition: Tell Obama, VETO the 21st Century Cures Act

    Tell Obama: VETO the 21st Century Cures Act

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    "At a time when Americans pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, this bill provides absolutely no relief for soaring drug prices. The greed of the pharmaceutical industry has no limit, and this bill includes numerous corporate giveaways that will make drug companies even richer. Further, this bill cuts Medicare and Medicaid by $1 billion, while not even guaranteeing funding for medical research or substance abuse treatment.

    "This is a bad bill which should not be passed in its current form. It's time for Congress to stand up to the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies, not give them more handouts." -Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

     

    http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-21st-century-20161205-story.html

     

    After passing the Senate yesterday with a 94-5 vote, the bill heads directly to Obama's desk for his signature. We are asking that he VETO this bill.

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  • posted about FemRevolution Sign-Up on Facebook 2016-09-17 08:26:42 -0700
    Check out #FemRevolution presented by Catalina's List. I just joined the REVOLUTIONARY program designed for young women!


  • Democratic Women of the Desert: Primary Candidate Forum

    12993345_10156809348570615_234432616527562873_n.jpgThe Democratic Women of the Desert held a candidate forum with local volunteers serving as "surrogates" for the two presidential campaigns on Sunday, April 10th in Cathedral City.

    The volunteers for the other candidate were friendly, the audience was awesomely thoughtful, the moderator Ellie K was on top of it, and Alex, Larry Alger and Debbie, came out from Fontana to support!

    Great event!

    My partner in the revolution, Lorraine Salas, came prepared, and nailed it throughout with the local issues, including the MOST important issue on climate change and highlighting the most evident difference with a great example. Remember during one debate that question on fracking and the convoluted, qualified, with conditions, exceptions, hypothetical for instance, answer on fracking? Lorraine perfectly pointed out Bernie's one word response that we, who care about the planet, climate change, environment, water, air, need to hear - no.

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  • Make History | Bernie Sanders

    Via Connect with Bernie:

    We just released a brand new ad online titled "Make History," featuring footage shot by the people powering this movement: YOU. This is a very large, very powerful tip of the hat to each and every one of you. Without your tireless devotion and passionate work, none of this would be possible, and with your help, we're going to continue to #MakeHistory all the way to the White House.

    Please watch and share the video on social media by using the buttons below, and use the hashtag #MakeHistory. If you're old-fashioned, we have it up on YouTube as well. 

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 

    Thank you. 

    Don't ever stop fighting.

    Let's go out and make some history.

    Published on Apr 9, 2016

    We've always been the underdogs, we've come a very long way and we have absolutely no intention of letting up. But make no mistake about it: this is YOUR movement. So here is a brand new ad titled "Make History," featuring footage shot by the people powering this movement: YOU. 


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  • What's the Score?

    Whats the score?

    The race is tightening. But what is the score after Wisconsin? Anyone? Lets watch this and find out. Posted by:  The People For Bernie Sanders 2016 on Thursday, April 7, 2016

    Update: April 9th --- ADD 1 MORE FOR WYOMING!

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  • commented on Mission: Voter Registration 2016-04-07 12:51:33 -0700
    Why vote by mail? See this.

    Is CA feeling the revolution? 600k updates to voter registration so far.

    http://abc7.com/politics/voter-registration-increase-could-mean-longer-voting-lines/1280282/

  • posted about Starting today, the map now shifts dramatically in our favor! on Facebook 2016-03-16 13:28:50 -0700
    Starting today, the map now shifts dramatically in our favor!

    Starting today, the map now shifts dramatically in our favor!

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    "What you will not hear from the political and media establishment is that, based on the primary and caucus schedule for the rest of the race, this is the high water mark for the Clinton campaign. Starting today, the map now shifts dramatically in our favor." - Bernie email today

    Last night we had a great team at Bud's Pizza calling Idaho, Arizona, and Alaska. Over 200 contacts, 20+ IDs.

    Great help that made it happen! from Mark and James! A couple of newbies, including Brandy (who added phonebanking to her voter registration tabling skills) and some rock star old-timers including Maurice from Redlands and Andy from Fontana! Thank you Leslie, Gilda and Roger for buying some pizza and drinks for the team! #‎peoplepower#‎politicalrevolution

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  • March 12 - SB County for Bernie Newsletter

    The good news in the campaign with this week's win in Michigan is that the work at phone banks and on the ground talking to voters is working, turning voters out, and getting them to vote for Bernie!  


    What we are doing here locally is making a difference! In just a few weeks, with the early primary states past us, the campaign will begin concentrating on WINNING CALIFORNIA.  Some of our organizing volunteers are already taking the lead in scheduling regular weekly phone banks, getting trained and helping out those other states until the focus is here in our own backyard. And we need more!97_New_Voters.jpg  Plus, just this past week Chaffey student volunteers (Brandy, George, Ruby, and more) along with some help from rock stars like June and Cory registered almost 100 voters in 3 days! And students at Cal State San Bernardino registered nearly 50 in just two days!

    MORE GOOD NEWS
    We have a small headquarters borrowed from the Democratic Luncheon Club of San Bernardino at the Carousel Mall.  James Albert has done a phenomenal job in getting the logistics handled with phone banks scheduled from 9am-9pm everyday at map.berniesanders.com and a WIFI hotspot on loan from Cory Wisnia who has donated its use for March. The campaign office will be staffed with volunteer phone bank captains and we need help to cover these shifts, so please let us know if you are available on a regular or once-in-a-while basis to fill in. We will be organizing from a shared Google Calendar so look for more news on that coming soon!

    The listing of upcoming events scheduled is growing and now includes as many Riverside County events as we can find as well!  Join in where you can, be sure to RSVP and volunteer to help organize (event hosts can always use some helping hands!).  This weekend has some FUN stuff planned including a FLASH MOB - BERN BABY BERN, DISCO INBERNO event at the Ontario Mills on Sunday.  Practice on your own (or join in at a rehearsal today in Fontana) and join in for a final rehearsal before the BIG event! 

    Also, quick reminder -- if you want to be a BERNIE DELEGATE at the Democratic National Convention, see below for information links on how to apply.  We need delegates from every congressional district in the IE to be there!

     

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    Big thanks to local attorney, Ruben Salazar who opened up his beautiful offices to our Debate Watch Party! Ruben is also coordinating with other volunteers to hold weekly phone banks at his office as well! His 8-9 workstations are a great option for those who don't have unlimited cell minutes or a laptop!  Stay tuned for those events as they pop up at map.berniesanders.com

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  • commented on Political Revolution in the IE! Barnstorm for Bernie! 2016-01-15 01:47:14 -0800
    Thanks Larry for your hard work to put this together! Here’s Ceci Hall sharing the ways to win the revolution.
    https://youtu.be/97stKEga32E

  • posted about How to start a movement - beginning with the Lone Nut on Facebook 2015-11-08 22:45:58 -0800
    How to start a movement - beginning with the Lone Nut

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    It is time to organize for the long-term. If we want to see improved policy for our community, and our children, most of all, we have work to do.

    JOIN Catalina's List today.

    We will work to bring step-by-step education and training to Progressive women in the Inland Valley and beyond -- for civic engagement and empowerment. 

    Florynce Rae "Flo" Kennedy (February 11, 1916 – December 21, 2000), was an American lawyer, activist, civil rights advocate, and feminist.

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  • pledged support 2014-04-03 18:46:54 -0700
    Count me in!

    Wanted: Your Vote.

    1,205 votes

    2014votepledgelargesolution.jpgSince 2012, the average voter turnout in the numerous special elections in San Bernardino and Riverside counties has been dismal.

    Some issues and races were decided with up to 90% of the voters not even casting a vote.

    Additionally, vacancies on boards and commissions have, more often than not, been decided by an appointment process where the successors were already decided before accepting applicants.

     All of this is a huge problem. 

    Cesar Chavez said that we don't need a perfect democracy, but perfect participation. It is imperative to vote in every election. It is important that elected officials know that we are paying attention, that we know the issues and that we are using the first avenue afforded us in this democracy.  For far too long, a small minority of voters, corporate interests and out-of-touch community members have been determining what is best.  

    Will you pledge to add your voice and let our elected officials know that YOU are paying attention and that together, we will hold them accountable to do the right thing for the community and have their back when they do? And, that we will vote them out when they don't.

    Pledge your vote

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