Mirvette Judeh began volunteering with OCCORD in 2014, playing a major role in our advocacy and outreach for district elections. An American Muslim of Palestinian descent born in Puerto Rico, Mirvette speaks Spanish, French, and two dialects of Arabic fluently, connecting with two of Anaheim’s biggest immigrant communities. Mirvette walked precincts in 2014 to get out the vote for Measures L and M and change Anaheim’s city council elections to a district system. She knocked on doors and spoke to residents about the impacts that districts could have, often with her small children in tow. After Measures L and M passed, Mirvette took a lead role in advocating for the drawing of fair district boundaries, speaking at City Council meetings and connecting the People’s Map coalition with community leaders and organizations in the Arab American community. Anyone who has met Mirvette can attest to her vivacious personality and powerful speaking presence, which she uses to great effect as a dedicated advocate for fair voting rights and social justice.
Mirvette was interviewed for a national article by Reuters on backlash against Muslims in the United States. She recently spoke at OCCORD’s Vigil for Peace in the wake of the KKK rally and violence in Anaheim, and on a panel with Mayor Tom Tait and Dr. Jose Moreno to discuss the district elections struggle in Anaheim. She was also featured in KTLA’s ‘Breaking Bias’ series of reports.