Dolores Huerta. Voice for the Working Poor by Alex Van Tol

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After leaving Arizona, César’s family moved to California. They worked in farmers’ fields all over the state. His family lived in the roughest barrios. César spoke only Spanish at home, so he 36 G ANDHI : T HE M AN W HO G UIDED C HAVEZ Born in India in 1869, Mohandas Gandhi trained as a lawyer in England. He moved to South Africa to work for an Indian law firm. He was shocked by how Indian immigrants were treated there. He devoted his energies to fighting for their rights. He developed a non-violent way to change people’s unfair behavior.

His father had been cheated out of the family home in Arizona by an unfair Anglo landowner. After leaving Arizona, César’s family moved to California. They worked in farmers’ fields all over the state. His family lived in the roughest barrios. César spoke only Spanish at home, so he 36 G ANDHI : T HE M AN W HO G UIDED C HAVEZ Born in India in 1869, Mohandas Gandhi trained as a lawyer in England. He moved to South Africa to work for an Indian law firm. He was shocked by how Indian immigrants were treated there.

Dolores felt these arguments with César were healthy. She thought they kept them moving forward. Other people learned to run in the opposite direction when Dolores entered a room César was in! 61 the picket lines, stared down the bosses, negotiated the contracts, sustained the beatings and carried on,” said Karen Nussbaum, past director of the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau. In her line of work, Dolores faced her share of sexism. She was a woman doing what had always been a man’s job! Dolores ran into a lot of opposition during the early days of the union.

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