Hispanic Heritage Month
October 15, 2017
Almost ninety years ago, César Chávez, a hero of the labor and civil rights movements, was born on a small ranch in Yuma, Arizona.
Like thousands of others, Chávez’s family lost its land in the Great Depression and headed to work in the fields of California’s central valley, where he would spend the rest of his life fighting for the rights of migrant farmworkers. Growing up, Chávez experienced grinding poverty and rampant discrimination against Mexican Americans.
Many of us have heard about this legendary figure: he’s inspired books, movies, and a wide range of articles and essays. He’s also inspired countless young Latinos to rise and organize to help make their communities and workplaces more fair and equitable places to live and work.
This year, living legend and co-founder of the United Farmworkers Association, Dolores Huerta was honored with her very own documentary, Dolores.
Because of Dolores, hard-working men and women all across the country realized for the first time that their voices mattered and they deserved to be heard.
“Sí se puede,” she roared, echoed by thousands of migrant workers who demanded fair wages, cold drinking water, and rest periods at work. Dolores’ belief that there was so much untapped political power in the fields totally disrupted our traditional views of who should be heard and who would be silenced.
We are proud to stand on the shoulders of such brilliant organizing titans like Dolores and César, who continue to inspire young Latinos to organize at work, and pursue justice for all at work.
The work continues, perhaps more urgent than ever, to continue fighting for stronger labor unions – a critical tool for Latino families to build better lives.
Gracias, Dolores. Gracias, César. And gracias to the Latinos who have sacrificed so much to drive our movement forward.