Rest in Peace: Mike Chattom

Today the hood lost a real one.  Mike Chattom was an active community member who fought on behalf of those who could not.  Whether he was attending a Compton city council meeting, moderating candidate forums, hosting NAEJA community meetings or advocating on behalf of the (formerly) incarcerated, those who knew him knew he did it for the love of the people, not a dollar.

This author spent many days engaged in political banter with Mike and was sad to hear of his passing on social media.

Minister Mac Shorty, from Redemption Ministries in Watts, CA, tells 2 Urban Girls Mike was the West Director for National Association of Brothers and Sisters in and out of prison and helped file appeals advocating on behalf of prisoners with that virus up in the California state prisons. He also  advocated for prisoners in the LA hunger action group.

“Mike’s foundation was built on giving and he gave and fought for those that could not.  May God bless him.”

Rest in peace Big Mike.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Not another one of us, R.I.P. My brother I miss you already

  2. Robert Ray says:

    This is a big loss for Compton. Mike was so passionate about ‘his’ city and he was constantly speaking out demanding accountability from law enforcement and looking for justice for the families of those murdered in Compton. He will be missed by many.

  3. I’m so hurt. Mike called me yesterday after 3PM, joking with me about Compton politics. We talked for about 15 minutes, laughing. I ended telling him I would talk to him later…later. There will be no later. I will miss his presence in the community, but even moreso, his friendship. He cared. Miss you, Big Mike. I can’t even find the way to tell my daughter. Perhaps, tomorrow.

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