Associate Organizing Director
Ocil, a daughter of immigrant parents Maria Esther Herrejon and Jose Antonio Herrejon, was born and raised in Olivehurst/Linda, California. She developed her political conscious and social justice work while at Lindhurst high school where she was involved in M.E.Ch.A. There they advocated for higher education, cultural awareness, and political involvement. She attended and graduated from UCSB with a double bachelor's degree in Black Studies and Sociology as a first-generation college graduate. There she continued her efforts in M.E.Ch.A/El Congreso and their advocacy work for Latinx students on campus and preserving El Centro, a cultural and historic site. Ocil was also a part of Radio Xicana, a show dedicated to amplifying the voices of women of color artivists, along with a collective of mujeres. She became involved in CAUSE through her volunteer efforts to stop the ICE Detention center planned in Santa Barbara County. Ocil began as a youth organizer in CAUSE fighting against environmental racism and the Puente power plant in Oxnard and funding for youth programs in Santa Paula as a means of prevention for youth of color instead of increasing policing.
She now continues her efforts as Associate Organizing Director in Ventura County.