Catherine Han Montoya went to Selma a few weeks ago. She was part of the National Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, she was involved with the Americas Civil Leadership Union and the National Council of La Raza. Cathy was an organizer, trainer, and leader with local, state and regionally based groups. She was co-founder and Atlanta Chapter Leader for The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). Cathy was the campaign coordinator for CAMBIO national immigration enforcement campaign and the Southerners United for Dignity reform campaign for the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network.
For most of her organizing career, she lived out of a suitcase, conducting the grinding but critical work of organizing for social justice in cities and towns across America, especially in the deep South but her base was in Atlanta with her wife Meredith.
Cathy was busy but it was not her work. It was her life. She breathed, lived and loved what she did and by doing it with such determination and passion, she impacted the lives of thousands if not millions of individuals.
By doing what she did, Catherine Han Montoya carved in the world a small but growing area where understanding, collaboration and love was shared by many cultures, organizations and ethnicities. Our world is definitely a better place because she was with us. Unafraid, Stylish and True to a path of justice for all.
Cathy was an extraordinarily talented leader, a joyful and happy friend, a shining light, a skilled organizer, a devoted Korean/Chicana who dedicated her life to empower immigrants, communities of color, and LGBTQ individuals and their families. She has been describes as a “vibrant champion for social justice”
Cathy leaves a legacy of building bridges of unity and opportunity across multi-ethnic communities.
Her funeral was today at 1pm.
“I envision a South were LOVE wins” were Cathy’s words during the 2014 Southeast Immigrants Rights Network Conference. Click below to see more about that conference and how others that worked with Cathy envision our South.