On August 27, 2016, we heard the news that our beloved Uncle Bob Santos had passed away. Since then, our communities have been in deep mourning for this remarkable person who was a mentor and friend to many of us, and whose life and leadership is an inspiration for generations to come.

API Chaya joins you all in mourning and honoring the tremendous work and legacy of Uncle Bob Santos. He was instrumental to the the API Safety Center from the very beginning, and provided tremendous support in raising funds that kept our doors open in 2004. We are deeply saddened by this loss, but grateful for sharing a piece of his legacy.

Soya Jung wrote a beautiful memorial for Uncle Bob, briefly mentioning some of the recent work API Chaya has been doing. Please read it here. Below is an excerpt.

“Movement building, at its best, brings together people who may not agree on everything, but who work together to build power around mutual interests. The best leaders understand their role as bridge builders who can listen, think critically, and move in service to the broadest numbers of “the people”. Uncle Bob mentored so many young people to become the best community advocates they could be, by knowing when to fight and when to listen, by acting out of a fierce commitment to serve the people, and by building real political power. That is not an easy set of mandates. What makes it possible is a commitment to love and compassion, a willingness to stay engaged in the hardest moments.”

You are missed, Uncle Bob. Rest in peace and power.


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