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Labor Day is a anational holiday that celebrates the contributors to the work force. During this holiday, our Valley 101 podcast team thought it would be fitting to explore one of the largest and most important labor movements in our state's history, the Farmworkers Movement.
Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta are two of the most well-known organizers in the movement. But Arizona had its own leaders. People such as Gustavo Gutierrez and Francisca Montoya. Their efforts, which diverged at times from union leadership in California, created lasting impacts for farmworkers in Arizona.
The movement is also credited to laying the foundation for activism in the Latino community in Arizona.
Today, we're diving into the movement by answering five questions about the movement. Producers Maritza Dominguez and Taylor Seely will guide you through the history and impacts of the movement.
In this episode, you'll hear:
- Marco Rosales, a Ph.D candidate at the University of California-Davis, who has extensively researched the movement.
- Francisca Montoya who experienced the farmworkers movement first hand in Arizona.
- Cesar Chavez in "Huelga!," a 1966 documentary.