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Joe Henry

Joe Enriquez Henry, National Vice President, League of United Latin American Citizens Des Moines, Iowa.[1]

National Vice President for the twelve (12) states that comprise the Midwest region of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

Member of the National Executive Board for LULAC. National office is located in Washington DC.

LULAC is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization founded in 1929. A membership based organization with over 1,000 councils and 150,000 members throughout the United States. I am responsible for advocacy, awareness, civic engagement and education programs across the region.[2]

He is married to Susan Henry. He works with Nicholas Salazar.

Father of Jacob Joseph Bales-Henry and Zachary Bales-Henry.

Brother of Mitch Henry.

Member of the Communist Party USA since 1982. Brought in by Edna Griffin.[3]


  • Iowa State University, BS Degree: Psychology / Minor: Business.
  • Grand View University, Associate of Arts Field Of Study Psychology / Philosophy, 1977 – 1978.
  • Des Moines Area Community College, general studies, 1975 – 1977.[4]

Iowa comrades


Joe Henry is with Travis Smith and Rita Vargas, Christine Nobiss, Hannah Weiss, Sean Bagniewski, Mitch Henry, Heather Ryan, Shelly Servadio Elias, Susan Henry, Steve Villatoro, Luisita Dona Thompson, Larry McBurney, Reyma McCoy McDeid, Al Womble, Nicholas Salazar, Michael Reyes, Cristal Juliana Garcia.

A year ago today, we joined with 300 young activists, many of which were students, to protest Trumps visit to Drake University. Little did we know then that these young people would join in coalition with the BLM movement to demand an end to police violence and to fight for structural changes in city government. 20,000 young people in 2020 registered to vote in Des Moines. That was a 15% increase in registered voters in a one year period, a significant turning point for electoral politics which will become evident in local elections later this year, from school board to city council elections.[5]

Town Hall Forum on the Unemployment Crisis

Town Hall Forum on the Unemployment Crisis on Sunday, August 16, at 8:00 PM Eastern.

The forum will feature conversations with Elise Bryant, President of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW); Kooper Caraway, President, Sioux City Central Labor Council; Brad Crowder, Austin Unemployed; Bill Fletcher, Executive Editor of and former director of TransAfrica Forum; Joe Henry, President, Iowa League of Latin American Citizens; and Judith LeBlanc, Director, Native Organizers Alliance.[6]

The Revolution

Mitch Henry February 18 2020.

The Revolution - Young Latinx leaders & a few old guys.


— with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Erika Macias, Monica Reyes, Jeanina Juanita Messerly, Robert Xavier Barron, Sonia Reyes, Joe Henry.

Des Moines council pressure


Joe Henry June 9 2020.

The City Council hasn’t been listening to the citizens of Des Moines and failed to pass a strong ordinance on Monday to ban racial profiling and a number of key elements to ensure citizen oversight.

We will have another opportunity to speak up in the coming weeks. Please contact your council member today and urge him/her to ban racial profiling, adopt a citizen review board and end police brutality.

Need more information, call or text me at 515-208-7312.

With Jack Hatch, Betty Andrews, Raquel Chavez, Billy Weathers, Susan Henry, Jessicat Voice Over, Mitch Henry, Ed Fallon, Kathy Byrnes.

Policing forum with Julian Castro


Julian Castro

Police violence and racial profiling happen in cities across the country. We need big changes to reform the system.

Thanks to @akoabdulsamad, Ako Abdul Samad of CAIR - Iowa, Kameron Middlebrooks of the NAACP, Joe Henry of LULAC, Laurel Clinton and other Des Moines leaders for the discussion on policing.


Julian Castro’s first big round of Iowa Caucus endorsers

As Iowans, we understand the responsibility that comes with being the first in the nation to vote. We want to not only hear where the candidates stand on the issues, but to truly understand how their vision for our country will impact our neighbors and our community. We want to be confident that our nominee has the strength, empathy, passion and experience to deal with the challenges ahead.

Secretary Julian Castro’s vision to make this country the smartest, healthiest, most prosperous, and fairest for all Americans is the real deal.

Growing up in San Antonio, he was raised by a single mother and attended public schools. After graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, Julián embarked on public service and became the youngest city council member in his hometown, and then was elected Mayor. In 2014, President Obama nominated him to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Julián’s story is the American Dream. Like so many working families across Iowa, Julián wasn’t given a head start, but through hard work and determination both he and his twin brother, Joaquin, now a U.S. Congressman, have been able to accomplish their dreams.

Julián understands that what matters most to voters is showing up. That’s why he’s sat with and listened to residents in a mobile home park in Waukee, has traveled to rural Tabor and Bartlett to hear how ongoing flooding continues to impact these communities, and shown up in deep-red Steve King country to meet voters in Orange City. Secretary Castro has proven time and again that he will be a president for all Americans — including those whose voices are not being heard in Washington today.

Our job this year couldn’t be more critical —- we must choose a candidate who not only has a vision for the future but also the ability to beat Donald Trump. Julián Castro has shown he can do both. And there is simply too much at stake for our country right now to choose anything less.

For us, there is only one candidate, and we hope you’ll join us and support Julian Castro.


Castro connection

Hola America April 15, 2019 ·


Presidential candidate Julian Castro is the guest for the Asian and Latino Coalition 2020 Conversations tonight. 📸 Tar Macias/Hola Iowa — with Prakash Kopparapu, Chelsea Chism-Vargas, Mitch Henry, Amanda Lovan and Joe Henry.

Castro meeting

Joe Henry with Julian Castro 2015

Natalia Miranda case

Joe Henry December 30, 2019 ·

Thank you to all the people who came this morning to provide support for Natalia Miranda.

We were at the Polk County Criminal Court Building to observe the legal case against the assailant.


Unfortunately, charges were not issued this morning due to a plea from the defense attorney, claiming mental incompetence of the accused. We hope to be back in court in the next two weeks to demand justice immediately. — with Bonnie Louise Brown, Nataly Espinoza, Erika Macias, Tar Macias, Michael Reyes and Joe Diaz at Polk County Criminal Courts.

Chelsea Chism-Vargas supporters

Hola America September 12, 2019 ·

Chelsea Chism-Vargas is running for the Des Moines City Council Ward 4.


Chelsea Chism-Vargas is a first generation Peruvian-American born and raised in the 4th Ward. As a lifetime southsider, Chelsea credits her community for providing her with the resources, experiences, and guidance that paved the way for her leadership. She is excited to gain the support from her community as she begins her c... See More — with Erika Macias, Joe Henry, Daniel Garza, Susan Henry, Chelsea Chism-Vargas and Jeanina Juanita Messerly.

Scholten connection

Steve Villatoro December 8, 2019 ·


Important meeting today with J.D. Scholten and Joe Henry — drinking coffee with Joe Henry at Mars Coffee Bar.

Axne connection

Al Womble February 16, 2019 ·


With Steve Villatoro, Joe Henry and Cindy Wadle Axne at Machinist Hall.

Committee to Elect Darryl Morin


Darryl Morin Advocate March 24, 2018 · Edited ·

A Million Dreams... by Committee to Elect Darryl Morin

A Million Dreams... by the Committee to Elect Darryl Morin — with Darryl Morin, Dayana Alanis, Lourdes Ribera, Arturo Martinez, Patricia Kraker, Eileen Figueroa, Joey Charo, Brent Wilkes, Joe Henry, Yolanda Santos Adams and Rey Palacios at United States Capitol.

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa

Mitch Henry May 11, 2017 ·

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa - Protecting Faith & Freedom Annual Award Dinner — with Paula Martinez, Luisita Dona Thompson, Ako Abdul Samad, Som Baccam and Joe Henry at Community Choice Credit Union Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

Asian & Latino Coalition Legislative Breakfast

Mitch Henry January 28, 2017 ·

Asian & Latino Coalition Legislative Breakfast.


with Joe Bolkcom, June Owens, Rick Smith, Michael McKinley, Paula Hutton McKinley, Tom Henderson, Skip Moore, Mary Campos, Joe Henry & Kerry Bowen

Iowa State Capitol - 1/24/2017

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa


Interfaith Alliance of Iowa with Ako Abdul Samad, Joe Henry, Paula Martinez, Som Baccam, Luisita Dona Thompson.

Bernie backers

Mitch Henry January 16, 2016 ·


With Maria Bribriesco, Bernie Sanders, Hector A. Sal, Christian Ucles and Joe Henry.

State Director LULAC

League of United Latin American Citizens,Mar 2012 – Jul 2015.

As state director, I work with members on issues that impact the Latino Community specifically on civil rights and education. Work within the State is coordinated with the national office. LULAC is the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the United States, founded in 1929.[8]

Voter registration

In 2012, as state director for LULAC, Joe Henry worked with the ACLU to take on a 2-year battle against the Iowa Secretary of State who attempted to suppress the vote amongst Latinos and other minorities. He also led a successful 5-year statewide voter outreach effort that culminated into tens of thousands of additional registered Latino Voters, a first ever data base of identified registered Latino Voters, and a record turnout of Latinos in the 2016 Iowa Presidential Caucuses.[9]

Iowa Latino Leadership Committee members

The full list of names of Sanders' 2015 Iowa Latino Leadership Committee can be found below:

Communist Party USA

In 2018 Joe Henry was a member of the Communist Party USA. He joined in the 1980s.

He serves on the Communist Party USA's Political Action Committee with Joelle Fishman.[10]


In 2014 Joe Henry was included on a list of "50 of Iowa's makers and shakers for the Democratic presidential caucuses".

Henry, 58, is the state director for the League of United Latin American Citizens and a Des Moines real estate agent with lots of connections. He is sought after for advice on a niche market in Iowa politics: Hispanic voters.[11]

Council run

Mar 5 2014;

Business owner Joe Gatto defeated real estate agent and longtime community activist Joe Henry in yesterday’s special election to represent Ward 4 on the Des Moines City Council. Unofficial results from the Polk County Auditor show that Gatto won by 1,687 votes to 1,283 (57 percent to 42 percent). Ward 4 covers most of the southeast side of Des Moines. The City Council seat became open when Brian Meyer won a special election for an Iowa House seat last October. Henry had begun campaigning for that Iowa House race but stepped aside once Meyer made his intentions known last August[12]


Iowa Realty, May 2016 – Present

Coldwell Banker Mid America Group, Dec 2007 – Apr 2016.

Realtor in the Greater Des Moines Area. Residential, land and commercial agent. I can help you with your real estate needs.[13]

Obama connection


Joe Henry meets Obama Des Moines, October 2007.

Joe Henry November 24, 2009 ·


With Lynn Milligan, Max Cardenas, Mary Campos, Barack Obama - Our President, Paula Campos, Jorge Vallencia and David Munoz.


Joe Henry, Barack Obama, Michelle Soria.

Campaign Manager

Political Consultant, Jan 2000 – Nov 2003. Des Moines, Iowa Area.

Campaign manager on various central Iowa candidate campaigns, including 3 successful city council campaigns in Des Moines.[14]

Executive Director for TFI

American Lung Association, Dec 2001 – Dec 2002. Des Moines, Iowa Area.

Executive Director for Tobacco Free Iowa that was funded by a national grant for the purpose of educating the public on the dangers of second hand smoke.[15]

1000 Friends of Iowa

Development Director, 1000 Friends of Iowa, Oct 2000 – Nov 2001, Des Moines, Iowa Area.[16]

Iowans for Sensible Priorities

Field Director, Iowans for Sensible Priorities, Mar 1999 – Dec 2000.

Field organizing for non profit to educate the public and the presidential candidates about national budget. [17] priorities.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

International Representative, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Jun 1992 – Mar 1999. Washington D.C.

Staff position, working directly for the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in Washington DC. Other assignments included -- field services, organizing, contract negotiations, community campaigns and division assignments.[18]

National Party Building Conference

National Party Building Conference Hosted by Communist Party USA and People's World.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM EST

Join Communist Party activists and members in a national conference. You can register here

The conference will take place November 11th to 12th to plan our work in the fight against the Trump Administration and its white supremacist ruling class backers. Find information here about how to participate.

The conference will be streamed from Chicago to regional meetings in New Haven, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, in the MIdwest or the South, you’ll be able to participate.[19]

Those invited on Facebook included Joe Henry.

“Unity Against Special Oppression"

Hundreds gathered June 2019 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The party’s 31st National Convention was held at the University of Illinois campus in Chicago and ran for three consecutive days. The event featured a variety of speakers, such as Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, who was slain by Cleveland police in 2014, Chicago activist Pepe Lozano, CPUSA national chair John Bachtell.

In the first of several workshops on Friday, titled “Unity Against Special Oppression; For equality and democracy,” focused on the ways in which communities can resist the racist and divisive policies implemented by the Trump administration and work together to build stronger communities. Featured speakers on the panel, included party members Joe Henry, Cori Marshall, and UNITE HERE Chief Steward Barbara Vereen.

Discussion topics ranged from protecting immigrant communities and the denial of reproductive rights to increasing voter turnout. Joe Henry, who serves as the National Vice President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) for the 12 states that comprise the Midwest region, focused on the numerous threats currently facing immigrants. “We need to push for legal status of all immigrants,” he asserted, “not just DACA recipients.”

Panelist speaker Barbara Vereen, emphasized the importance of intentionally uplifting women in the movement. “Be inclusive to the point where it makes you uncomfortable,” Vereen said, highlighting her experiences as a Black woman in leftist spaces.

Vereen also encouraged convention delegates to reframe the way they think about diversity and inclusion, noting that Black women need to be put in leadership positions—not just included in discussions. “Hold outside organizations accountable, but let’s also hold ourselves accountable.” Her remarks were met with applause.[20]

Working for Ron Carey

Joe Henry August 30, 1994

Picture taken with Teamster General President Ron Carey.


Working for Ron Carey from 1992 - 1999 in Washington DC was truly an amazing experience. — at Union Station, Washington D.C.

Civil rights activism

Joe Henry December 15, 2019.

History - Back in 1984, we did a special event for our dear friends, Edna Griffin & Stanley Griffin, to raise money for social justice work.


It was a great time for activism and discussion on how to mobilize our communities of color. Edna always provided insight and an in depth analysis on confronting racism and how she fought to make our city a better place for all people.

Shortly afterwards, we went to city hall to demand equal treatment in the hiring of applicants for police and fire fighters, especially from the Latino and African American Communities.

Unfortunately, we are still fighting to make city hall and the 1,804 positions in city government more accessible to people of color.

Special guests, Evelyn Davis (director of Tiny Tots / Mercy) and Mary Campos. — with Evelyn Davis Park.

Iowa comrades

Joe Henry February 10, 2009 · Circa 1988 picture.


When we were in Chicago for a union conference — with Jacob Joseph Bales-Henry, Tim Yeager, David Clark, Elaine Smith, Zachary Bales-Henry, Bamshad Mobasher and Bjorn Stevens.


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  20. PW CPUSA encourages building unity from the ground up in anti-oppression panel June 26, 2019 1:36 PM CDT BY MICHELLE ZACARIAS