Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jessie Lopez De La Cruz and the Farmworker Movement

Jessie Lopez De La Cruz, a leader of the national farmworker movement, died on Labor Day at age 93. De La Cruz was one of the first female organizers of the United Farmworkers of America in Fresno. She worked with Cesar Chavez in the UFW, organized workers in the field, testified against the short-handled hoe, and took part in grape boycotts.  You can read an obituary of this remarkable woman here, and also watch a short film about her, narrated in her own voice.

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