Activist of the Year Award


David Kong

David Kong named 2019 Activist of the Year

If you follow David Kong on Facebook, you can see he keeps very busy as an activist for CSEA members. You can often find him at local democratic party events, campaigning for union-friendly candidates, and attending trainings to assist and support those seeking citizenship.

David’s service goes beyond just CSEA. Yes, he is a job steward and active chapter member, but he also ran for and won a seat on the Greenfield School Board. As a classified school employee who sits on the board, he can ensure the issues of the membership are fully represented in the Greenfield School District.

David is active with the SAFE Schools Coalition. This group lobbies to protect students and staff from harmful pesticides. After years of lobbying in Sacramento, building partnerships with supervisors, and attending CA department pesticide meetings, Governor Newsom banned the pesticide chliopyrifos, which causes brain impairment for young children and can cause learning disabilities. David immediately established a quarter mile barrier around schools that growers cannot spray in. He is now working on a warning system to notify schools and parents if dangerous pesticides are being sprayed around their schools.

David’s activism truly embodies CSEA’s mission: to improve the lives of our members, students and communities.


About the award

The Richard C. Bartlett Activist of the Year Award recognizes members who vigorously advocate in political activities or specific causes important to the mission and goals of CSEA.

Nomination criteria

Nominees must have performed any significant act of a humanitarian nature:

  • Assisted in building the union
  • Helped to put forward the face of CSEA into the community
  • Attended mobilizing events or volunteered in campaigns
  • Promoted the Victory Club
  • Advanced the labor movement in general by participating in coalitions or other rally-building partnerships
  • Involved other rank and file members in union activities

Award recipients

2019 David Kong, Monterey COE Chapter 35
2017 Peggy Wray, Lakeside Chapter 240
2016 Jerry Chames, Kerman Unified Chapter 279
2015 Sandra Rivera, Rio Hondo College Chapter 477
2014 Lora Lee, Desert Sands Chapter 106
2013 Mary Lavezzoli, Old Adobe Chapter 646
2012 Rebecca Hadley, Monterey COE Chapter 35
2011 David Kong, Monterey COE Chapter 35
2010 Debra Cook-Lewis, Wilsona Chapter 723
2009 Eunice Grigsby, LACOE Paraeducators Chapter 624
2009 Isa Weichmann, Sylvan Chapter 73
2008 Eddie Padilla, Merced City Schools Chapter 530
2008 Michael Casias, Merced City Schools Chapter 530
2007 Ben Valdapena, Yucaipa-Calimesa Chapter 209
2006 Rebecca Scheel, Gilroy Chapter 69
2005 Jane Bausa, San Diego Paraeducators Chapter 759
2004 Tony Rojas, Turlock Chapter 56