ABOUT US

ASAMBLEA DE DERECHOS CIVILES, as an organization of faith, takes social responsibility in establishing a structure of power with cultural discipline and just conscience of our Latino community, that can influence the political process in accordance with our values, principles, and interests.

 

ASAMBLEA DE DERECHOS CIVILES cultivates leaders through transformational training and mentorship programs & strategies, and actions directed by our base and with the mentorship of experienced leaders that will assure that our future generations continue this work for social justice. 

 

ASAMBLEA DE DERECHOS CIVILES believes in intelligent alliances and we find local and national allies that share a similar vision of ASAMBLEA, where we recognize that the organization works with the people and not the people for the organization. 

Walda Lanza
President

Lanza is the mother of four children and two grandchildren. She has been through the GAMALIEL leadership weeklong training. She has been involved as a leader in Minneapolis public schools and other non-profit community organizations like Dynomight. Lanza believes every human being has the right to respect, equality, and dignity.

Robert St. Marie
Treasurer

St. Marie resides in Albany, MN where many of our farm and factory members reside. He specializes in taxes and for the past 20 years, he has volunteered with immigrant families to file their taxes. As a retired math teacher, Robert understands the importance and impact immigrants have on our country’s economy and society.

Maria Rothstein-Nunez
Secretary
Benjamin Ramirez
Member-at-Large

Rothstein-Nunez is a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Waite Park and has been heavily engaged in every aspect of Asamblea’s growth in central MN. As a hardworking woman of New Flyer, her activism played a key role in her union’s contract negotiations. Maria’s character and love for her community have brought more members to our organization from labor backgrounds.

Rothstein-Nunez is a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Waite Park and has been heavily engaged in every aspect of Asamblea’s growth in central MN. As a hardworking woman of New Flyer, her activism played a key role in her union’s contract negotiations. Maria’s character and love for her community have brought more members to our organization from labor backgrounds.

Ramirez Lives in Minneapolis and is retired. He immigrated to the US, from Mexico, with his father after learning his father was born in the US.  Having lived in El Paso, Texas, Ramirez knows the struggles of immigrants first hand. Witnessing those struggles have made him passionate about social justice. Ramirez has been a leader in Asamblea for the last three years. He was active in the Driver’s License for All Campaign and traveled to D.C. to defend DACA.  In addition, he has taken Gamaliel leadership training.

Misty Butler
Member-at-Large

Butler is the Corporate Marketing Communications Manager for Schwan's Company. There she supervises a group of individuals with talents ranging from graphic design and front-end development to photography and video production. Her true passion lies in the areas of social justice and climate justice. In addition to being a member-at-large on the board of Asamblea de Derechos Civíles, she is currently co-chair of the Marshall Area Peace Seekers. Butler holds the Vice Chair position on the Board of Directors for CURE. In other free time endeavors, she immensely enjoys the outdoors and volunteers occasionally for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. She brings her areas of professional expertise to the work of Asamblea that she is passionate about.