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Mike Clements, veteran O.C. activist and organizer, dies at 76

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Mike Clements was a community organizer in Orange County for several decades. He passed away on Jan. 2. When word that Mike Clements, a lifelong activist , passed away in Fullerton, a cadre of social justice organizers and clergy mourned the loss of a hero in the community. Over the span of decades, the 76-year-old inspired them to create a better world — for farm workers, working-class Latinos, undocumented immigrants, the homeless, at-risk youth and students with disabilities — one campaign at a time.

In sifting through sadness, a comforting thought arose from Enedina Clements, his widow; her late husband must be busy working on a new campaign in heaven: organizing the angels.

The rabble-rousing reputation is a deserved one for Clements, who died at home on Jan. 2 of pulmonary fibrosis.

A devout Catholic, Clements considered becoming a man of the cloth in his youth. He ultimately left priestly aspirations behind to spread the social gospel from beyond the pulpit. Five decades ago, Clements cut his teeth with the best and volunteered with United Farm Workers of America when César Chávez led the union.

He met Roger Mahony in the San Joaquin Valley during that time. The two would later work together […]

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