A look into the journey of the farmworkers movement
EL PASO (KTSM) — The newly opened Border Agricultural Workers Library shares stories of the journey of farm workers in the United States.
The library opened in the Border Farmworkers Center on Cesar Chavez Day.
Chavez was a critical component in the farmworkers movement. He fought for the rights of workers and also formed the first farmworkers union.
Rodolfo Zunua came to the United States as a bracero in the 1940s and he said Cesar Chavez helped to lay the foundation for farm workers like him
He said today is about paying homage to Chavez because he was a leader who worked for the lower class.
Tu Libro, a local non-profit organization has been collecting book donations for the library.
Georgina Perez, creator of Tu Libro said this library is meant to empower those who are often pushed to the background.
“There arent too many people that treat farm workers with dignity, with respect, they don't receive a whole lot of justice and in our community we have over 14,000 farmworkers,” Perez said.
“One of the best ways, the fundamental way to achieve liberation is through education, through literacy.”
To learn more about Tu Libro or to donate books, visit their website.