Progressive Activist and Community Organizer

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Bobbi Jo Chavarria has been involved in human rights and peace activism since joining the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding in 2006.  That decision has changed the direction of her professional career. Retiring from a long-time career in direct sales and management, Bobbi Jo turned her focus to global issues of peace, conflict-resolution and nonviolence.

It was the inspiration of five cousins, a nephew, and a family friend serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars that prompted her to begin to serve her country and community with as much dedication and commitment as they were demonstrating in their service. And it was the birth of her first son that brought her focus to her neighborhood and city.

  • Established the Inland Empire Do Peace and Nonviolence Alliance ( 
  • Worked with California Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
    • Helped guide the formation of three local neighborhood chapters of community residents to address concerns and issues such as street safety, crime prevention, improved education, and increased youth activities 
    • Worked with homeowners throughout the Inland Empire to address the foreclosure crisis, sub-prime, and often predatory lending practices 
    • Hosted two large foreclosure prevention workshops assisting over 300 families
    • Participated in workshops hosted by local legislators
    • Held weekly intake sessions providing assistance to homeowners in completing paperwork to begin working with nonprofit loan counselors 

Her organizational involvement includes the following:

  • Elected delegate, San Bernardino County Democratic Party (2016-2020)
  • SB County Delegate, California Democratic Party (2017-2018, 2019-2020)
  • Co-Founder, Catalina's List
  • Vice Chair, Sierra Club, San Gorgonio Chapter
  • Co-Chair, IE Democratic Socialists of America
  • Founder, Inland Empire DoPeace and Nonviolence Alliance (IEDOPNA)
  • Regional Action Team Leader, The Peace Alliance, National Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding
  • Organizer/Founder, GROW Fontana (Grassroots Rising and Organizing to Win)
  • Member, Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
  • Founder and Organizing Team Member, Progressive Alliance of the Inland Empire
  • Co-founder and grassroots leader, Inland Empire for Our Revolution (formerly Inland Empire for Bernie and San Bernardino County for Bernie)
  • National Delegate 2016 to Democratic Convention

She also supports:

  • Reform Immigration for America
  • Veterans for Peace
  • Citizens Action for Peace
  • Inland Communities Fellowship of Reconciliation (IC FOR)
  • Equality Inland Empire
  • Sierra Club National
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Women's Action for New Directions
  • Sojourners
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Amnesty International
  • Progressive Christians United
  • Soka Gakai International - USA
  • Medicare for All
  • California One Care
  • Health Care for America Now
  • Democracy for America
  • MoveOn
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)
  • Habitat for Humanity - Puerto Rico

Both graduates of Fontana High School, she and her husband, Gil, have been homeowners in Fontana since December 1993, and have two sons, born in 2008 and 2012, and a cat.

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  • San Bernardino County Moves into Orange Tier

    As California continues to move forward with slowing the spread of COVID-19 and more vaccinations become available, we would like to keep you up-to-date on the recent improvements in San Bernardino county.

    • Moving into the orange tier and what this means for you. As San Bernardino moves into the orange tier movie theaters, restaurants, and museums can now open to 50% capacity. Theme parks wineries, breweries, and bars can now open to 25% capacity.
    • Vaccinations are now open to SB County residents 16 years and older. San Bernardino county residents are now eligible to get their Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine if you are 16 years of age or older. You can go online to Vaccine – COVID-19 ( for more information.

  • San Bernardino County Returns to Purple Tier

    January 25, 2021

    Special Update - Via County Update Email

    The County Update publishes once a week on Wednesdays and also as needed to share important news and resources in our battle against COVID-19. We remain here for you. #SBCountyTogether

    As a result, local restaurants will be allowed to open for outdoor service, personal care services (such as hair and nail salons) may reopen with modifications, retailers may allow more customers into their stores and campgrounds may resume operations, among other changes.

    State Tier Graphic

    Currently, the county’s adjusted daily case rate is 61.2 per 100,000 residents. It must be at 7 or less before the county can progress to the red tier. The county gets credit toward lowering the case rate by exceeding the statewide median testing rate, so testing is still vital not just for protecting residents from illness but for reopening our economy and getting residents back to work.

    For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

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  • Post-Election Webinar and Virtual Expo Progressive Alliance - RECORDING

    Post Election Webinar and Virtual Expo We connected with the progressive movement in the Inland Empire and heard about local organizations and groups that you can join for positive change. #together #progressivealliance #community #InlandEmpire

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    This article posted at Daily Kos has some helpful videos on breathing exercises that have been proven to be helpful when you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
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    • Kind of a big deal. Please spread the word to help ease some of the stress folks are feeling.
      There is still work to do about the likelihood that folks who have lost their incomes could still find themselves subject to eviction 90 days after the Governor’s declaration is ended, but if you have to choose between food or rent/mortgage – Choose food. Choose medicine. Choose safety. All good thoughts to you, folks!

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    SUMMARY: California Courts Issue Emergency Rule On Evictions And Foreclosures
    At its meeting on April 6, 2020, the Judicial Council adopted an emergency court rule that effectively stops all evictions, other than those necessary to protect public health and safety, for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. The rule is applicable to all courts and to all eviction cases, whether they are based on a tenant’s missed rent payment or another reason. This new court rule will apply until 90 days after the Governor lifts the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, or until it is amended or repealed by the Judicial Council. The rule:

    Prohibits a court from issuing a summons after a landlord files an eviction case, unless necessary to protect public health and safety. This means that, even if a landlord files an eviction case, the tenant will not be under the normal five-day deadline to respond. The time for the tenant to respond to a new eviction case will not begin until the rule is lifted, giving them time to seek out legal assistance and assuring that no tenant’s right to tell their side of the story in court is denied due to the emergency.

    Prohibits a court from entering an automatic default judgment against the tenant because the tenant failed to file a response, unless the court finds:

    The eviction is necessary to protect public health and safety; and

    The tenant failed to respond in the time required by law, including any extension that may apply due to the Governor’s Executive Order regarding evictions during the COVID19 emergency.

    For eviction cases where the tenant has responded or appeared, prohibits a court from setting the case for trial earlier than 60 days after a trial is requested, unless necessary to protect public health and safety.

    Requires any trial in an eviction case that was already scheduled as of April to be postponed until at least 60 days after the initial trial date.

    In addition, Judicial Council adopted an emergency rule related to foreclosures. This rule also applies until 90 days after the Governor lifts the COVID-19 state of emergency. The rule:

    Prohibits a court from taking any action or issuing any decisions or judgments unless necessary for public health and safety.

    Postpones any legal deadlines for filing foreclosure cases.

    Extends the period for exercising any rights in a foreclosure case, including any right of redemption from a foreclosure sale, or petitioning the court in relation to such a right.

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  • Full Text Of Congress’ Green New Deal

    The Full Text Of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, Introduced By Rep. Alexandra Ocasio Cortez


    1ST SESSION H. RES. ____

    Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New

    Ms. OCASIO-CORTEZ submitted the following resolution; which was referred to
    the Committee on ______
    Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create
    a Green New Deal.

    Whereas the October 2018 report entitled ‘‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC’’ by the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the November 2018 Fourth National Climate Assessment report found that—

    1. human activity is the dominant cause of observed climate change over the past century;
    2. a changing climate is causing sea levels to rise and an increase in wildfires, severe storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events that threaten human life, healthy communities, and critical infrastructure
    3. global warming at or above 2 degrees Celsius beyond preindustrialized levels will cause—
      1. mass migration from the regions most affected by climate change;
      2. more than $500,000,000,000 in lost annual economic output in the United States by the year
      3. wildfires that, by 2050, will annually burn at least twice as much forest area in the western
        United States than was typically burned by wildfires in the years preceding 2019;
      4. a loss of more than 99 percent of all coral reefs on Earth;
      5. more than 350,000,000 more people to be exposed globally to deadly heat stress by 2050; and
      6. a risk of damage to $1,000,000,000,000 of public infrastructure and coastal real estate in the
        United States; and
    4. global temperatures must be kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrialized levels to avoid the most severe impacts of a changing climate, which will require—
      1. global reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from human sources of 40 to 60 percent from
        2010 levels by 2030; and
      2. net-zero emissions by 2050;

    Whereas, because the United States has historically been responsible for a disproportionate amount of greenhouse gas emissions, having emitted 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions through 2014, and has a high technological capacity, the United States must take a leading role in reducing emissions through economic transformation;

    Whereas the United States is currently experiencing several related crises, with—

    1. life expectancy declining while basic needs, such as clean air, clean water, healthy food, and adequate health care, housing, transportation, and education, are inaccessible to a significant portion of the United States population;
    2. a 4-decade trend of economic stagnation, deindustrialization, and antilabor policies that has led


      1. hourly wages overall stagnating since the 1970s despite increased worker productivity;
      2. the third-worst level of socioeconomic mobility in the developed world before the Great Recession
      3. the erosion of the earning and bargaining power of workers in the United States; and
      4. inadequate resources for public sector workers to confront the challenges of climate change
        at local, State, and Federal levels; and
    3. the greatest income inequality since the 1920s, with—
      1. the top 1 percent of earners accruing 91percent of gains in the first few years of economic
        recovery after the Great Recession;
      2. a large racial wealth divide amounting to a difference of 20 times more wealth between the average White family and the average Black family; and
      3. a gender earnings gap that results in women earning approximately 80 percent as much
        as men, at the median;

    Whereas climate change, pollution, and environmental destruction have exacerbated systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘systemic injustices’’) by disproportionately affecting indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this preamble as ‘‘frontline and vulnerable communities’’);

    Whereas, climate change constitutes a direct threat to the national security of the United States—

    1. by impacting the economic, environmental, and social stability of countries and communities around the world; and
    2. by acting as a threat multiplier;

    Whereas the Federal Government-led mobilizations during World War II and the New Deal created the greatest middle class that the United States has ever seen, but many members of frontline and vulnerable communities were excluded from many of the economic and societal benefits of those mobilizations; and

    Whereas the House of Representatives recognizes that a new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal is a historic opportunity—

    1. to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States;
    2. to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and
    3. to counteract systemic injustices:

    Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

    1. it is the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal—
      1. to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers;
      2. to create millions of good, high-wage jobs and ensure prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States;
      3. to invest in the infrastructure and industry of the United States to sustainably meet the challenges of the 21st century;
      4. to secure for all people of the United States for generations to come—
        (i) clean air and water;
        (ii) climate and community resiliency;
        (iii) healthy food;
        (iv) access to nature; and
        (v) a sustainable environment; and
      5. to promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities, deindustrialized communities, depopulated rural communities, the poor, low-income workers, women, the elderly, the unhoused, people with disabilities, and youth (referred to in this resolution as ‘‘frontline and vulnerable communities’’);
    2. the goals described in subparagraphs of paragraph (1) above (referred to in this
      resolution as the ‘‘Green New Deal goals’’) should be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization (referred to in this resolution as the ‘‘Green New Deal mobilization’’) that will require the following goals and projects—


      1. building resiliency against climate change-related disasters, such as extreme weather, including by leveraging funding and providing investments for community-defined projects and strategies;
      2. repairing and upgrading the infrastructure in the United States, including—
        (i) by eliminating pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as much as technologically feasible;
        (ii) by guaranteeing universal access to clean water;
        (iii) by reducing the risks posed by flooding and other climate impacts; and
        (iv) by ensuring that any infrastructure bill considered by Congress addresses climate change;
      3. meeting 100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources, including—
        (i) by dramatically expanding and upgrading existing renewable power sources;  and
        (ii) by deploying new capacity;
      4. building or upgrading to energy-efficient, distributed, and ‘‘smart’’ power grids, and working to ensure affordable access to electricity;
      5. upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification;
      6. spurring massive growth in clean manufacturing in the United States and removing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and industry as much as is technologically feasible, including by expanding renewable energy manufacturing and investing in existing manufacturing and industry;
      7. working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including—
        (i) by supporting family farming;
        (ii) by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and
        (iii) by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food;
      8.  overhauling transportation systems in the United States to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector as much as is technologically feasible, including through investment in—
        (i) zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing;
        (ii) clean, affordable, and accessible public transportation; and
        (iii) high-speed rail;
      9. mitigating and managing the long-term adverse health, economic, and other effects of pollution and climate change, including by providing funding for community-defined projects and strategies;
      10. removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and reducing pollution, including by restoring natural ecosystems through proven low-tech solutions that increase soil carbon storage, such as preservation and afforestation;
      11. restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems through locally appropriate and science-based projects that enhance biodiversity and support climate resiliency;
      12. cleaning up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites to promote economic development and sustainability;
      13. identifying other emission and pollution sources and creating solutions to eliminate them; and
      14. promoting the international exchange of technology, expertise, products, funding, and services, with the aim of making the United States the international leader on climate action, and to help other countries achieve a Green New Deal;
    3. a Green New Deal must be developed through transparent and inclusive consultation, collaboration, and partnership with frontline and vulnerable communities, labor unions, worker cooperatives, civil society groups, academia, and businesses; and
    4. to achieve the Green New Deal goals and mobilization, a Green New Deal will require the following goals and projects—
      1. providing and leveraging, in a way that ensures that the public receives appropriate ownership stakes and returns on investment, adequate capital (including through community grants, public banks, and other public financing), technical expertise, supporting policies, and other forms of assistance to communities, organizations, Federal, State, and local government agencies, and businesses working on the Green New Deal mobilization;
      2. ensuring that the Federal Government takes into account the complete environmental and social costs and impacts of emissions through—
        (i) existing laws;
        (ii) new policies and programs; and
        (iii) ensuring that frontline and vulnerable communities shall not be adversely affected;
      3. providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States, with a focus on frontline and vulnerable communities, so those communities may be full and equal participants in the Green New Deal mobilization;
      4. making public investments in the research and development of new clean and renewable energy technologies and industries;
      5. directing investments to spur economic development, deepen and diversify industry in local and regional economies, and build wealth and community ownership, while prioritizing high-quality job creation and economic, social, and environmental benefits in frontline and vulnerable communities that may otherwise struggle with the transition away from greenhouse gas intensive industries;
      6. ensuring the use of democratic and participatory processes that are inclusive of and led by frontline and vulnerable communities and workers to plan, implement, and administer the Green New Deal mobilization at the local level;
      7. ensuring that the Green New Deal mobilization creates high-quality union jobs that pay prevailing wages, hires local workers, offers training and advancement opportunities, and guarantees wage and benefit parity for workers affected by the transition;
      8. guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States;
      9. strengthening and protecting the right of all workers to organize, unionize, and collectively bargain free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment;
      10. strengthening and enforcing labor, workplace health and safety, antidiscrimination, and wage and hour standards across all employers, industries, and sectors;
      11. enacting and enforcing trade rules, procurement standards, and border adjustments with strong labor and environmental protections—
        (i) to stop the transfer of jobs and pollution overseas; and
        (ii) to grow domestic manufacturing in the United States;
      12. ensuring that public lands, waters, and oceans are protected and that eminent domain is not abused;
      13. obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of indigenous people for all decisions that affect indigenous people and their traditional territories, honoring all treaties and agreements with indigenous people, and protecting and enforcing the sovereignty and land rights of indigenous people;
      14. ensuring a commercial environment where every businessperson is free from unfair competition and domination by domestic or international monopolies; and
      15. providing all people of the United States with—
        (i) high-quality health care;
        (ii) affordable, safe, and adequate housing;
        (iii) economic security; and
        (iv) access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.

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    Green New Deal! Check out the growing/new issues pages for the Progressive Alliance of the IE! I just shared about how folks can sign on to support the Green New Deal with DFA! =)

    Green New Deal!

    Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have officially unveiled the Green New Deal!

    This bold resolution would put our country on the path towards a clean energy futureincluding: 

    • 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030

    • A guaranteed living-wage job for anybody who needs one

    • A just transition for both workers and frontline communities

    It’s a win-win for our environment and economy, and it’s our greatest opportunity to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

    Add your name right now to join DFA, Ed Markey, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in supporting a Green New Deal today.

  • commented on IE Voter Guide 2018 2018-11-05 20:55:00 -0800
    How to Vote
    for more information visit (San Bernardino County) or (Riverside County)

    If you have any questions, please call our campaign at (909) 578-0542. If you need to report anything suspicious, please call the VOTER HOTLINE with our friends at COMMON CAUSE (866) OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)

    Vote on Election Day
    (polls are open from 7am – 8pm)
    Consult your SAMPLE BALLOT for your polling location or click here to look it up from the county website. If you arrive at the incorrect polling location you may request a provisional ballot at any of these locations but please verify that your ballot contains an option to vote for DISTRICT 4 CITY COUNCIL.

    Return a voted mail ballot:
    Mail via the U.S. Postal Service
    Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received in the Elections Office within three business days following the election.
    Drop off at any City Clerk office or County library
    View the Mail Ballot Drop-Off Map for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election

    OR any polling location in the county on Election Day

    Drop off at any Early Vote Site
    View the Early Vote Sites, dates, and times for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election
    Deliver to the San Bernardino County Elections Office on or before 8 p.m. on Election Day
    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Election Day, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    The deadline to apply for a Mail Ballot is seven days prior to Election Day:
    Deadline: October 30, 2018 for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election
    If a voter becomes ill or disabled after the Mail Ballot application deadline and believes that they cannot get to a Polling Place on Election Day, the voter may submit a written request to have a Mail Ballot picked up from the Elections Office and delivered to him or her by an authorized representative of the voter.
    Print, complete and sign the Authorization to Release Mail Ballot to a Voter’s Representative Form [pdf] for the November 6, 2018 Statewide General Election.

    Missed the deadline to register?
    Conditional Voter Registration is a new safety net for Californians who missed the October 22 deadline to register to vote or update their voter registration information for the November 6, 2018, General Election. While you may not be able to vote at your regular polling place or vote by mail, there is still an opportunity to cast a ballot by completing the conditional voter registration process. Eligible citizens who missed the October 22 deadline can go to their county elections office (777 Rialto Ave., San Bernardino) or a designated satellite location to register and vote conditionally. Their ballots will be processed once the county elections office has completed the voter registration verification process. Voters can complete the conditional voter registration process from October 23 all the way through Election Day on November 6.
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