“If you want to remember me, organize!” César Chávez, Farm Workers, and Food Sovereignty
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Research Commons -- Allen Library South
Rosalinda Guillén is a widely recognized labor and social justice leader and activist. She is co-founder of and Executive Director for Community to Community Development (C2C), a “a place-based, grassroots organization committed to creating alliances in order to strengthen local and global movements towards social, economic and environmental justice” in Bellingham. Over the years, she has occupied a number of high-level UFW organizing jobs: coordinator of a strawberry-picker organizing drive in California's Salinas Valley; Northwest Regional Director; Policy Director; Executive Board Member; and National Vice-President. Following her work for the UFW, she served as the Executive Director of La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), a non-profit organization founded by César Chávez. She was also the lead organizer of the Chatteau Ste. Michelle winery campaign that resulted in the first collective bargaining contract for farm workers in Washington State, which was signed in 1995.
Guillén will talk about César Chávez’s legacy, the efforts around the organization of farm workers, and how women and agricultural workers are at the core of the struggle for food sovereignty.
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