Progressive Activist and Community Organizer

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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:

  • Inland Empire Board Member, California Women's March
  • Interim Director, Inland Empire Women's March
  • Elected delegate, San Bernardino County Democratic Party (2016-2020)
  • SB County Delegate, California Democratic Party
  • Co-Founder, Catalina's List
  • Vice Chair, Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter
  • 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, National Campaign - Regional Action Team Leader
  • GROW Fontana (Grassroots Rising and Organizing to Win)
  • Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
  • Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America (IE DSA), Organizing Committee
  • Founder and Organizing Team Member, Progressive Alliance of the Inland Empire
  • Co-founder and grassroots leader, Inland Empire for Bernie and San Bernardino County for Bernie NOW Inland Empire for Our Revolution
  • National Delegate 2016 to Democratic Convention

She also supports:

  • Reform Immigration for America
  • 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
  • Soka Gakai International - USA
  • 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 2008 and 2012, and a cat.


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    When a woman is assaulted by a man who works in your office, we expect you to take action.

    We are outraged that you have refused to immediately condemn the actions of your district staffer at the Assembly District 52 endorsing caucus sign-in table late Saturday afternoon during the California Democratic Convention.  Your absence on Sunday morning at the Convention was indicative of your awareness of the disturbing situation.  A strong statement from you and your office could have done much to answer questions, deescalate the controversy and provide assurance for the safety of all involved, yet you were nowhere to be found.

    As you must be aware, there is a video being shared on social media, where your staffer, Daniel Enz, pushes past State Senator Connie Leyva while she was standing at the table. The disturbing video clearly shows that Senator Leyva is forcefully pushed into the table from behind and when confronted by Senator Leyva’s husband, Mr. Enz responded even more violently.  

    The complete absence of a response from you and your office is unacceptable and not in line with the core values of our community we would expect your office to uphold.  We call on you to place Mr. Enz on leave pending a complete investigation of his actions and ask for your commitment to fully comply with any law enforcement investigation.  

    This is not the first time that members of our delegation have expressed concern over violence towards a woman perpetrated by a man associated with you, a man who remains your appointed alternate to serve on the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee.  Do not let this become a pattern of condoning violence over political disagreements. We call upon you, your staff, and your supporters to take a course of action utilizing restorative justice measures in relation to this incident and any situation that may be at the cause of such heightened discord.  We are willing to work with you and your office to share resources about how this can be accomplished as we are also counting on you to demonstrate that you remain committed to represent our community in a manner befitting the office you hold.

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    Daniel Peeden Leticia Chavez Bobbi Jo Chavarria
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    James Albert Rick Cordova, Jr. Fernando Hernandez
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