The community activist was known for his work on causes such as immigration, LGBT rights and more.


The loss of Rubén Castilla Herrera, the son of farmworkers Pura Castilla Herrera and Alfredo Torres Herrera, finds Ohio residents searching in vain for the words to express what the life and work of this dedicated area activist and community firebrand has meant to those he touched.

An Ohioan since 1987, Herrera was born in Seguin, Texas, and raised in Salem, Oregon. His departure on Saturday, April 6, has left many of us asking the question, “What do I do?” Always at the forefront of a call to progressive action, he took a stand for social justice movements that included, but were not limited to, the Columbus Sanctuary Collective, Black Lives Matter, Central Ohio Workers, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Columbus Taco Reparations Brigade, LGBTQ rights and the rights of refugees.

Continue reading Paloma Martinez-Cruz' remembrance of Herrera at Columbus Alive.