It all started when…

MR. ABEL GONZALEZ ARRIVED FROM MEXICO AT THE AGE OF 23, WITH ONLY TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS IN HIS POCKET, AND A BELIEF THAT SAN FRANCISCO WAS “A MAGICAL PLACE WHERE ANYONE COULD START AGAIN.” HE BELIEVED THAT EDUCATION WAS A KEY INGREDIENT FOR IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES. AS A RANK-AND-FILE MEMBER OF THE LABORER’S LOCAL UNION 261, HE PURSUED HIS VISION OF EQUAL EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANTS AND TOOK ON A LEADERSHIP ROLE, UNIFYING HIS FELLOW WORKERS BY FOUNDING THE CENTRAL SOCIAL OBRERO, LATER MISSION LANGUAGE AND VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, INC. (MLVS). CENTRAL SOCIAL OBRERO, AN ORGANIZATION OF IMMIGRANT WORKERS, BECAME A LOCAL VOICE IN THE LABOR COMMUNITY AND THE SAN FRANCISCO LATINO COMMUNITY AT LARGE.