Mr. Martinez has learned in the classroom and with the parents of Richmond children the impact on poor children and youth of an educational system and a society that does not prioritize them, and that only a mobilized community and city can begin addressing the needed changes. He is a co-founder of March 4 Education (2004) which mobilized teachers, parents, students, community and civic leaders to march on Sacramento and demand budget adjustments that benefited our schools and children.
Eduardo is the recipient of the University of Arizona, College of Education, Kenneth S. Goodman “In Defense of Good Teaching” Award. And he has kept close look on the distribution and utilization of the financial resources available for our schools and I am a voting member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC). He has been a steering committee member of the Bay Area Parent Leadership Network (PLAN).
Eduardo served in the Representatives Council of the United Teachers of Richmond (UTR). He is a strong supporter of the rights of all immigrant workers and their families and for many years I have been a director in the board of the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. He has opposed the ICE raids in Richmond and elsewhere which cause so much pain and fear to our families and particularly to many children of Richmond. He has been active against the Richmond Driver License Check-Points and other forms of discrimination against the Latino Community and supported the efforts of ALERTA Richmond.
Mr. Martinez supports the concept of Municipal Identification Cards for all Richmond residents who want one. They are a good tool that help both the undocumented communities and law enforcement. He is the Chairperson of the Richmond Chapter of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA). He also is a member of the NAACP and advocate for building ONE RICHMOND for all. Eduardo is in the Steering Committee of the Richmond Progressive Alliance.