Antonio Arellano was born in Michoacan, Mexico, and migrated to the United States at the age of three. He was raised with a strong sense of determination, perseverance, and hard work ethic. Due to economic hardship, the lack of healthcare access, and educational opportunities, Antonio’s parents made the difficult decision to leave their home country for a chance at a better life in the United States. Thanks to the tremendous sacrifices his parents made, Antonio’s upbringing was drastically different from theirs in Mexico, yet still filled with endless obstacles.
As a Latino leader for progressive change in Texas, Antonio taps into his life experiences to innovate politics. His immigrant upbringing exposed him to the discrimination and racism communities of color have to endure. These injustices sparked his lifelong passion to win disadvantaged communities the respect and representation they deserve. Antonio recognizes that his dreams of an equitable and inclusive nation are not his alone, but rather the shared dreams of our ancestors and over 11 million undocumented immigrants that call this country home.
Antonio represents a new era of bold and fearless leadership, emerging from a political climate that is actively demanding fresh perspectives on key issues. His innovative use of digital media and unique storytelling have quickly catapulted Antonio into one of the leading Latino voices in the United States.
Today, Antonio serves as the Press Strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, where he advances the media relations work of one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State by influencing how key issues are framed in print, radio, television, and online media. Antonio works across all departments to support all of the ACLU’s initiatives, including voting rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, immigrants’ rights, smart justice, and reproductive freedom.