Radical outside agitator plots against Arpaio
April 27, 2012
Parraz, born in California
in 1967, has an elite education, having received his B.A. degree from the
University of California Berkeley, a Masters from the John F. Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California
In 1994, while yet a graduate student at the Kennedy School, Parraz was recruited to work as a community organizer in Dallas, Texas, by the Industrial Areas Foundation, or IAF, a Saul Alinsky-oriented organization based in Chicago.
According to the National Latino Congress website, it was in Dallas, working for the IAF, that "Parraz learned the fundamentals of the Saul Alinsky model of church-based community organizing."
In 2002, the national AFL-CIO transplanted Parraz into Arizona to serve as the union's Arizona state director, a position he held until 2004.
Parraz left the AFL-CIO to accept a two-year fellowship with Echoing Green, a global organization promoting "social entrepreneurs."
During this two-year fellowship, Parraz and his associate, Scott Sherman, pursued their idea of establishing a "Transformative Action Institute" by presenting their model for progressive social change to what the National Latino Congress estimated was more than 1,000 students. They offered classes at UC Berkeley, Yale, Princeton, New York University, UCLA, UC Irvine, and California State University Fullerton.
In 2007, Parraz returned to Arizona to work as a "residential organizer" for the Laborer's International union of North America, better known as LiUNA, where by 2009, he received total compensation in excess of $125,000 a year, according to the organization's official records.
After the Arizona
legislature passed SB 1070, widely regarded as the toughest state law passed at
that time to oppose illegal immigration, Parraz founded the East Valley Patriots
for American Values, the EVPAV, to focus on the recall of Arizona State Senate
President Russell Pearce, a long-time Republican state senator and the
legislator considered the architect of SB 1070.
Parraz evolved the EVPAV into the Citizens for a Better Arizona, a 501(c)4 organization that dedicated its efforts to the Pearce recall, despite the tax-favored status of the organization requiring it to pursue a "nonpartisan" purpose.
In a recall election held Nov. 4, 2011, in which Democrats were allowed to vote, Pearce lost to his only remaining opponent – Republican challenger Jerry Lewis, a political moderate but, like Pearce, a Mormon.
This week Arizona went before the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the constitutionality of SB 1070.
The Parraz-engineered defeat of Pearce has been portrayed in establishment media as evidence that Arpaio is being isolated as his "world crumbles" and "his closest allies have fallen."
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