2006.04.10: April 10, 2006: Headlines: COS - : Obituaries: The Philadelphia Inquirer: Chile RPCV Rosemary Cubas dies

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Chile RPCV Rosemary Cubas dies

Chile RPCV Rosemary Cubas dies

Cubas was a woman with an amazing record of community service - from the Peace Corps to organizing textile and farm workers, to working in human rights with former New York Mayor John Lindsay to 25 years with the American Friends Service Committee and community activism in Philadelphia, in which she campaigned for jobs and housing, converting vacant lots to gardens... .

Chile RPCV Rosemary Cubas dies

Rosemary Cubas, a force for justice
morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573

IF YOU HAD wanted to honor Rosemary Cubas - a woman richly deserving of honor - there would have been a good chance that she wouldn't have shown up for the ceremony.

Cubas was a woman with an amazing record of community service - from the Peace Corps to organizing textile and farm workers, to working in human rights with former New York Mayor John Lindsay to 25 years with the American Friends Service Committee and community activism in Philadelphia, in which she campaigned for jobs and housing, converting vacant lots to gardens... .

The list goes on.

But Cubas wanted the beacon of recognition turned on others, not herself.

"She didn't like the spotlight," said longtime friend and associate Bahiya Cabral-Johnson. "She didn't like accolades."

Cubas died of cancer Wednesday at age 62. She lived in the Norris Square section of North Philadelphia.

Her last fight was against what she saw as the treachery of the eminent-domain process, which, in the name of community betterment, took the homes of the poor, many of them Latinos.

Last year, when Mayor Street's multimillion-dollar program to reduce blight in the city was being praised in many quarters, Cubas and other activists with the Citywide Coalition to Save Our Homes saw a downside.

"We're the ones in the trenches who are experiencing their rosy picture, and it's a lie," she said. "They're not taking blighted properties. They're taking solid, well-organized communities and destroying them."

As her younger sister, Yvette Raymond, put it, Cubas had a "quiet anger" when it came to social injustice.

"She was a force to be reckoned with," she said.

"She was always concerned about the most exploited and the most oppressed," Cabral-Johnson said. "And though she was truly connected to her heritage and community, she served as a bridge between peoples because she cared for everyone."

Rosemary was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. as an infant. She was raised in Newark, N.J., by her mother, Catherine Raymond, and stepfather, Joseph Raymond. She graduated from St. Elizabeth's High School and College in Morristown, N.J.

After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Chile. When she returned, she joined Lindsay's Human Rights Commission.

After moving to Philadelphia, she became an organizer for the Ladies Garment Workers Union and actually worked side by side with the women at the sewing machines in four of the textile factories that flourished in the city in those days.

"She would sit down at lunch and tell the women how to apply for overtime pay," her sister said. "They didn't know they qualified for overtime because they were piece workers.

Needless to say, the factory managers didn't care for her activities. Her sister said Rosemary was thrown out of four factories, but all of her wrongful-dismissal complaints to the National Labor Relations Board were successful.

She also worked in the fields of South Jersey, riding the buses with migrant workers, to organize them for Caesar Chavez's United Farm Workers union.

Another campaign was started in 1985 to open up construction jobs in the city for blacks, Latinos and Asians. Her organizing efforts helped provide jobs to the formerly excluded workers.

After joining the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia, she founded and directed the Third World Coalition.

Its purpose, her sister said, was to "fight for the rights of people of color all over the world."

After 25 years with the committee, she retired and devoted herself full time to unpaid positions with community organizations. She became executive director of the Community Leadership Institute.

Another of her most recent issues was finding housing for lower-income residents through the Philadelphia Affordable Housing Coalition.

In her own North Philadelphia neighborhood, she organized the creation of community gardens on formerly vacant lots. She got the police mounted unit to donate manure from its stables.

David Roche, of the Spanish-language newspaper Community Focus, said Cubas was one of the "last breed of the old community leaders from the '60s and '70s who put aside any political ambitions to fight for the Latino community and the civil rights of all people."

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Angel Velez; another sister, Evelyn Trepasso, and a brother, Edward Raymond.

Services: Funeral Mass 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Boniface Church, Diamond and Hancock streets. Friends may call at 2 p.m. today and at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial will be in North Jersey.

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