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NICOLE MURRAY RAMIREZ
A sixty year native Californian who has dedicated over 40 years of his life to the Latino community, GLBT community, public service and social justice for all people. A charity and non-profit fundraiser and leader in raising funds and awareness for those in need throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada for over forty years (non-paid).
- San Diego County Hate Crimes Fund – Administered by Crime Stoppers
- Eddie Conlon Youth Fund – Provides books, clothing, food, transportation and shelter for youth/students (16-20 years old)
- Harvey Milk Student Scholarship –City college and university student scholarship program founded in 1979
- San Diego County Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast – Breakfast event in the tradition of the annual Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez breakfasts. Last year’s breakfast had over 1,000 attendees.
- Toys for Kids Drive – Founded in 1975 and annually provides toys and holiday meals to families, children, agencies, shelters, etc. within San Diego County and Baja California, Mexico.
- GLBT Community’s Tijuana Blanket Drive – Provides blankets for children, seniors and families annually in Tijuana.
- Toni Atkins’ Women’s Health Fund – Provides free breast cancer examinations and funding for all women’s health care concerns.
- The International Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Awards of the United States, Mexico and Canada – Honorees include Judy Shepard of Wyoming, Bishop Troy Perry, Cleve Jones and Army Lt. Dan Choi.
- The San Diego County Keith Turnham Veteran’s Award – Named after World War II veteran and presented annually to a veteran for humanitarian and charitable work.
- Ben Dillingham III Community Fund – Provides burial / cremation for those who are unable to afford these services, majority of whom are AIDS patients, in San Diego County and Baja California, Mexico.
- Children’s Easter Egg Hunt – Annual event for children from 1- 11 years old at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights, San Diego. Over 600 children received Easter baskets at the last event.
- Served the last five Mayors of San Diego in various capacities.
- City of San Diego Human Relations Commission - First San Diegan to be elected to four terms as Chair of the Human Relations Commission, and currently serves as a City Commissioner.
- San Diego Regional Task Force on AIDS – Appointed by the County Board of Supervisors in 1984, in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, to a four year term. Also elected Chair of the People of Color Task Force.
- First elected Chair of the Mayor of San Diego’s CLBT Citizen’s Advisory Board.
- First elected Chair of the Police Chief of San Diego’s Advisory Board.
- Current nominee for the City of San Diego Gang Commission.
- Founder of the San Diego County AIDS Fund – the first social service agency for people and families living with HIV/AIDS.
- Co-Founder with then State’s Assemblyman Peter Chacon of the People of Color AIDS Survival Effort (POCASE) of San Diego County.
- Co-Founder and named the Dr. Brad Traux AIDS Hospice House.
- Founder of the Tijuana AIDS Fund – Provides funding for over a dozen Mexican AIDS agencies for families, children, men and women living with HIV/AIDS in Mexico.
- Honored at the French Embassy in Washington, DC for leadership on HIV/AIDS issues.
- Featured in two national “AIDS Hero” published books.
AWARDS / HONORS
Commissioner Ramirez’s nearly 50 years of social justice and charity work has been recognized by countless awards and honors within the countries of Mexico, Canada and the United States, including:
- Cesar Chavez Social Justice Award – Presented by his widow, Helen Chavez.
- The first Latino Unity Coalition’s Lifetime Achievement Award for San Diego County.
- Honorary Texan Award by Governor Ann Richards of Texas.
- Key to the City of San Diego.
- Key to the City of Portland.
- “Nicole Murray Ramirez Day” in the cities of San Francisco, West Hollywood and San Diego.
QUEEN MOTHER OF THE AMERICAS