Both of my parents were migrant workers who travelled from TX and OK to pick in the fields in Wisconsin. My mother’s family settled in Racine/Kenosha area because of the healthcare and my father found employment in American Motors in Kenosha, WI.
Throughout my childhood we participated in many political events but the ones that stood out for me were the UFW gatherings and marching. I remember marching in downtown Racine to make people aware of poor conditions of migrant workers on farms throughtout WI. My father wore a traditional Mexican serape with many buttons in support of farm workers rights.
Many years later in college I was able to meet Cesar Chavez when he spoke at MECHA sponsored activity on Madison campus. I renewed my committment to the cause of farm workers and continue to make people aware of the inequities for workers in the fields.