Velma Veloria came to Seattle in the late 1970s to organize cannery workers under the auspices of the KDP.After a decade of labor activism,
she turned to electoral politics and served
in the legislature for 13 years. (1.4 min)
In a very different setting, Velma Veloria
also felt the difficulty of being a woman of color in a primarily
white, male setting: the state legislature. Here she describes
how she tried to cope during her first term in office in 1992.