As the nation reels from the economic shock induced by the pandemic and by the economic disruptions it will continue to cause, immigrant farmworkers are sustaining us.
Tracing his transformation may shed light on how we can support farmworkers’ rights today.
Partly he did so because he understood that the labor force he represented was increasingly made up of undocumented workers.
Too often, Chavez is depicted as a “champion of immigrants’ rights,” as the union he led puts it today.
Immigrants’ rights must be seen as critical labor rights.