Manuel Perez has been recently announced as a recipient of the 2008 HGSE Alumni of Color Achievement Award.... Mr. Pérez is being recognized for his work, which addresses issues of race and education in ways that offer new frames of thought and practice, and evidences a commitment to promote meaningful strategies to affect change and to improve educational opportunities for people of color.
Manuel Pérez is running to represent the 80th Assembly District in California, a region that stretches from Palm Springs through Coachella to Calexico. This seat is in play, and though Manuel has excellent company in the Democratic primary, he stands apart. Manuel Perez represents the new crop of progressives in the Democratic party: a community organizer first/politician second, a scholarship student who came back to the old neighborhood to teach, the proud son of UFW parents who advocates for gay rights and a women's right to choose. Harvard Graduate School of Education has reason to be proud. The volunteers on his campaign know how they feel.