The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County mourns the passing of two of our greatest and most accomplished civil and human rights leaders, Chano Merino and Justice Dan Sosa, Jr.
A native of Grant County, where he began as a union organizer in the copper mines, Chano Merino was a national-class labor activist during the past half century, leading national struggles over civil rights. In recent years Merino had also been active in the Democratic Party, here in Dona Ana County and throughout southwest New Mexico.
Dan Sosa Jr., served our state as a New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and prior to his tenure on the Court ran as a Democratic candidate for Congress.
Dan Sosa Jr. worked to protect Hispanic workers from discrimination in the workplace, and became a founding member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), an organization that increases opportunities for Hispanic individuals to participate in political and socio-economic life.