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ACLU of Utah Honors the Life of Frank Cordova

08 October 2013 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist
Frank Cordova and ACLU of Utah Legal Director John Mejia Frank Cordova and ACLU of Utah Legal Director John Mejia

The ACLU of Utah joins friends and colleagues across Utah in mourning the passing of Frank Cordova. Frank was a fearless and determined advocate for racial and social justice.

He appeared everywhere in his “I Could Be Illegal” t-shirt, reminding us of our shared humanity and urging us to live up to the United States constitution’s promises to everyone, especially undocumented immigrants. Under his leadership as its president, Centro Civico Mexicano joined as a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging Utah’s “show me your papers” law, HB 497 brought by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center. That law continues to be enjoined pending a final court ruling.

“Frank’s energy, passion for life and wonderful humor and upbeat spirit pushed all of us to want to do better and to work harder to create a more just world,” said Karen McCreary, the Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and celebrate Frank’s immense contribution to our lives and our community- his spirit and work will live on.”

“Frank was always willing to help when called on. He was a great role model for community activists, always leading by example. We will miss him dearly,” said John Mejia, Legal Director of the ACLU of Utah.

Frank Cordova passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013.