Who We Are

Our Mission

To promote multicultural social justice, nonviolence, and economic equity through cultural healing, civic leadership, and youth & community development.

Background

In 1977, Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos (SCBU) set out to heal our communities, build sustainable peace and end interpersonal, community and structural violence. For forty years, Barrios Unidos has provided culturally-driven and spiritually-informed services to youth and adults within our most marginalized communities. Our services are both preventative and restorative, which has called us to environments from middle schools to maximum security facilities. Barrios Unidos is considered a vestige of the Civil Rights movement, as it manifested in California. As such, our organization has remained at the forefront of cultural uplifting, racial justice, community healing, policy initiatives and restorative justice work in both youth and adult facilities as well as state and local communities. Barrios Unidos organized the first ever transcultural, incarcerated gang prevention summit in 1993, known as the Kansas City Peace Summit. Today, the Peace Plan that resulted from that summit has been adopted by the incarcerated community across the state. 

Vision

In all of our endeavors, we seek to provide curative space in the face of oppression. We seek the end of mass incarceration. We seek meaningful pathways for our youth, whether it be political and economic or interpersonal and spiritual. We seek a community where the importance of culture is understood and individuals can draw strength from their authentic selves. We seek a world that is truly just for all. We move forward knowing peace is possible when we come together with understanding, respect and love.

The movement continues. It is an honor to walk with you all.

OUR STAFF

Daniel “Nane” Alejandrez
Executive Director
nane.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 13
Mary Lou Alejandrez
Re-Entry Program Coordinator
marylou.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 17
Joaquin Alejandrez
BU Productions Manager
buprints@cruzio.com
(831) 469-8337
Sam Cunningham
Re-Entry Program Coordinator
Juvenile Hall Program Coordinator
samc.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 16
Carol Saffen
MAA Program Coordinator,
Human Resources Manager
Carol.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 12
Luis Carrillo 
Juvenile Hall Program Coordinator 
luis.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 14
Jeannette Carrillo
Front Desk/Prison Project
jeancarr85@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 10
Aaliyah Ali Person
Communications Specialist
aperson.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 469-8337
Josefina Nolazco
Kids’ Club Program Coordinator 
josefina@barriosunidos.net
(831) 457-8208, ext. 11
Frank Valencia
BU Productions Staff
buprints@cruzio.com
(831) 469-8337
Jaime Marquez
Youth Outreach Programs
jaime.scbu@gmail.com
(831) 457-8208, ext. 18
Jesse Mendoza
BU Productions Staff
buprints@cruzio.com
(831) 469-8337
Celina Alejandrez
Food Pantry Coordinator
(831) 457-8208
VACANT
BU Audio Engineering
info@barriosunidos.net
(831) 457-8208
VACANT
Accountant
bookkeeper@barriosunidos.net
(831) 457-8208, ext. 15
Zulema Gonzalez
BU Productions Volunteer
buprints@cruzio.com
(831) 469-8337
Sergio
BU Volunteer
(831) 457-8208
Marissa Mendoza
BU Prison Project Volunteer
(831) 469-8337
Kali K.
BU Resident Artist
(831) 457-8208
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