Latino Civil Rights Figures: Luisa Moreno
By Victoria Cepeda
“Some of her biggest accomplishments were:
- In 1930, she unionized Blacks and Latina cigar rollers and other tobacco workers in Florida. She also helped unionize sugar cane workers in Louisiana, Tuna canneries in California and beets
- Was the first woman, and Latina, to be elected member to the California Congress of Industrial Organizations, CIO.
- She was an international representative of UCAPAWA [United Cannery Agricultural Packing, and Allied Workers of America.
Due to her organized labor activities and former membership of the U.S. Communist Party, her prominence was overshadowed and the US government declared Luisa Moreno a threat. She was eventually tried and underwent various immigration battles. She left the U.S for for Mexico, then went on to Cuba and then back to the U.S. Through her activism she brought awareness and social justice to many Latinos in an era where it was unimaginable to conceive the concept of labor law equality.”
(via Latino Civil Rights Figures: Luisa Moreno | NewsTaco)