Anne Rosenzweig has been a social justice advocate all her adult life. Now retired from her job as an attorney for the California State Labor Commissioner, she began her social justice work during college. While getting her degree at UC Santa Cruz, Anne worked with the United Farm Workers, initially as an organizer during the first Salinas lettuce strike in the summer of 1970, then as a boycott organizer in Montreal, Canada. She became a labor lawyer because of her work with the UFW.
Anne Rosenzweig knew Jim McEntee for many years and still considers him a mentor. Anne served for ten years on advisory committees to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, first the Bilingual Voter Advisory Task Force, followed by the Voting Rights Task Force. Jim also attended those meetings for many years. Both Jim and Anne were instrumental in helping to ensure that all eligible voters in Santa Clara County have access to the polls, regardless of their language or country of origin.
Anne has been active in South County since she first moved to Gilroy in 1976. She helped found La Isla Pacifica, the South County battered women’s shelter and served on the board of directors of South County Alternatives. More recently she was involved in efforts to end the bullying of LGBT students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District.
Anne has long been active in women’s rights. She is a life member of NOW, the National Organization of Women and of WILPF, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She was active in the Santa Clara County branch of NWPC, the National Women’s Political Caucus, serving for two years as its president. Anne has also been a member of the Morgan Hill branch of AAUW, the American Association of University Women for many years.
Anne Rosenzweig serves on the Jim McEntee Legacy Scholarship committee. She views the scholarship as a way of supporting young people and passing the baton to the next generation of social justice advocates.