Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Al Rojas, Hero of the People
2011-03-30 "The story of Al Rojas" from "Vida en el Valle" magazine
One of the persons in Sacramento who lived and worked shoulder to shoulder next to the farmworker leader César Chávez was Al Rojas, current president of the Front of Mexicans Abroad.
The 79-year-old Rojas has been one of the leading activists on behalf of fair causes, especially among the Latino community. This fighting spirit and ideals of Chávez's is what has kept him involved in community activism.
Rojas remembers Chávez with admiration and respect from the moment he met him in 1961, when he was 21 years old. Chávez had just started the struggle for the rights of agricultural workers in California during the 60s.
"The first time I had contact with Chávez was because a group of workers in the Oxnard area wanted the ranchers to provide us with new equipment to work in the field because what we had was very old and was no longer useful. We needed some organizational support. He helped us because he was an organizer of Community Service Organization (CSO), and that's how we met," said Rojas.

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