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"But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!"
- Amos 5:24
Michael Miles Clements
OCCCO Celebrates Mike Clements | Honoring Mike Clements with the Legacy Award. OCCCO's Colors of Justice Awards Gala took place October 24th, 2019 at The Yost Theater in Santa Ana. | By OCCCO PICO | Facebook
“As a lifelong community organizer, Mike Clements has helped revitalize poor neighborhoods in Santa Ana, advocate for children with special needs, increase the state’s minimum wage and secure better working conditions for local low-wage workers with Cesar Chavez”
Michael Clements was a Fullerton native born 1945 and died 2022. He was a student at St Mary’s School. He went onto study for the priesthood at St John’s Seminary in Camarillo becoming a deacon. Life took another turn for him other than the priesthood. He married Enedina Clements. They had three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
For some thirty years, he was an IAF (Industrial Area Foundation) community organizer working on different community social change campaigns. Upon retirement he became an advocate for children with disabilities. Working in different Orange County school districts advocating for children with disabilities rights. At the same time, he was instrumental in building The Immigration Task Force made up of four dioceses, OC Diocese, LA Diocese, San Bernardino Diocese. And San Diego Diocese. The Immigration Task Force works to advocate for immigrant rights through direct action and lobbing. Locally, he was also building advocacy for the unhoused thru the St. Vincent de Paul Tri-Parish Homeless Collaborative. The collaborative has been in action with the OC Board of Supervisor to build one of the first shelters in North Orange County Bridges at Kramer, building the Illumination Recuperative Care Center, Safe Parking and have the city declare a homelessness emergency in Fullerton.