Ed Ferrer

Mexico City is where I was born. My family came to live with my uncle in Los Angeles in 1956. I graduated from Loyola High School and U.C.L.A. 

A dear friend, Tom O’Connor turned me into the treasurer of the Free Venice Food Coop, a buying club. He also got me started in what became Armadillo Trading Co., Inc.

I had worked for the Department of Public Social Services, Los Angeles County and Brentwood Hospital, Veteran Affairs United States Government.  I retired from Armadillo Trading Co., Inc.

Dom Helder Camara, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist”.  I love this quote because I have been called a communist and socialist a lot.

I have been arrested with the Catholic Worker many times. My Catholic education is the foundation of who I am, yet I would feel embarrassed to call my self Catholic. The founders of the Jewish faith limited the use of their word for God to avoid the danger that The People revert to worshiping another version of the golden calf. I view most organized religion as having become Idol worshippers.

Benito Juarez: “the respect for the rights of others is Peace”. These are words to live by.

Ed is a long time Venice, California resident who served as Venice Neighborhood Council Treasurer and joined forces with local activists to help save an iconic black church in Venice.