La Gente: El Movimiento/The Movement

Farm Workers and Labor

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Digging sugar beets, cutting lettuce, and picking fruit: all are grueling tasks. Factory work can be equally hard. Relegated to the worst jobs, people of Mexican descent toiled for long hours under terrible working and living conditions.

Activists Stand Up For Rights In Fields And Factories

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Chicanos and others in the western United States demanded basic workers’ rights: dignity, safety, and livable wages. Activists organized boycotts, protested companies that discriminated against workers, created and joined unions, and went on strike.