Website aims to highlight unsung heroes of the farmworkers movement
UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta during a visit to a California university. The new site aims to shed light on the less familiar faces of the movement. (Flickr: inkyhack)
Like most things in history, the farmworkers movement is often remembered through the actions of its leaders. In fact, for most people, the movement is probably synonymous with the iconic civil rights activists Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association — which later became United Farm Workers (UFW) — 50 years ago.
But millions of men, women, and children participated in the movement as organizers, in marches, and through strikes and boycotts. A new website, entitled “UFW Stories,” aims to highlight those individuals by giving them a platform to share their own experiences fighting for better working conditions for U.S. farm workers and migrant laborers.