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ESTER G. SORIANO -HEWITT ( 1946-2008)

FAI NEWS
October 21, 2016
ESTER G. SORIANO -HEWITT ( 1946-2008)

Los AngelesAS A TRIBUTE TO OUR FILAM HEROES,I AM STARTING A SERIES ON OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS 

THE FIFTH COMMUNITY LEADER TO BE FEATURED IS DR. ESTER SORIANO-HEWITT

Ester Soriano-Hewitt was a giant in the Filipino American community. She was a daughter of a Filipino immigrant farm-workers.. She was born on April6, 1946 and died on April 4, 2008. She was born in Santa Paula, Ventura County, the Citrus Capital of the United States.
She was the Chair of the Anti-Martial law group , the Committee for the Restoration of Civil Liberties in the Philippines( CRCLP)-Ls angeles, a part of the Katipunan ng Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) in the 1970’s. She lead the group during the hard and trying times in Los Angeles  until Marcos, the dictator was overthrown by People’s Power Revolution in February 1986.
Ester was born on April 6, 1946 in Santa Paula, California and attended Briggs Elementary and Santa Paula High School (class of ’64). She graduated from Whittier College in 1968.
She worked for the County of Los Angeles for 37 years, most recently as the grants administrator for the Los Angeles County Dispute Resolution Program. She was recognized nationally for her professional contributions. Dedicated to social causes,
Ester was a founding member of several service groups, including the Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA), the Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP), and the Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE).
She also became the foreperson of the jury that tried the Rodney King Case in Los Angeles after the bloody riots that happened after the court acquitted the LAPD policemen who beat up Rodney King in 1992.
She was a fixture at Pan Pacific Park/West Wilshire Recreation Center where she volunteered on many children’s sports teams from 1987 to 1999. Ester was known for her liveliness, sense of humor and enthusiasm.
She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Hewitt  who was a prominent leader of the Black Panther party.
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