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Equality California Extends Condolences to Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur After Loss of His Sister Jacqueline to ALS
September 4, 2020 at 12:28 pm

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September 4, 2020

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: press@eqca.org

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Jacqueline Zbur, the beloved sister of Equality California Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur, passed away Thursday night with her family by her side in Long Beach, California, after a long battle with ALS. Zbur is survived by her mother Erlinda Chavez, her sister JoAnn, her brothers Rick and John and Rick’s three children. The civil rights organization released the following statement from Equality California Board President Joe Gregorich and Equality California Institute Board President Jackie Thomas:

“On behalf of our fellow board members and the staff of Equality California, we extend our deepest condolences to Rick and his family, as they grieve the loss of his beloved sister Jackie. From their childhood in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico to today, Rick and Jackie shared a special bond. They loved and supported one another through each of life’s greatest gifts and hardest challenges. Jackie’s strength in the face of her struggle with ALS is an inspiration to us all. Her kind heart and resilient spirit will live on in her family and friends.

“Our entire Equality California family holds Rick and his family in our hearts as they process their enormous grief. And we urge our elected leaders to prioritize research and development to finally achieve a cure for this devastating disease.”


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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