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Gabriel Thompson, author, “America’s Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century.”
Raised by conservative parents who hoped he would “stay with his own kind,” Fred Ross instead became one of the most influential community organizers in America’s history. Ross recruited and trained César Chávez and Dolores Huerta as organizers. They, in turn, went on to found and lead the United Farm Workers. Ross remained a close ally of Chávez and the UFW. Throughout his life, Ross championed Dust Bowl migrants, worked for the release of interned Japanese Americans and dedicated his life to building the political power of Latinos across California. Thompson has produced the only biography of Ross, providing a full picture of this complicated and driven man and offering vital lessons for organizers today.
Thompson speaks on Friday, Oct. 14, at 12 p.m., AFL-CIO, Presidents Room, 815 16th St., NW Washington, D.C. With special guest, son Fred Ross Jr., IBEW Local 1245 organizing director.
FROM THE CAP FILES: The Case of the Engineer Who Worked Late
With Lolita Martin of the Claimant Advocacy Program.
A building engineer who was removed from a contract won his unemployment compensation hearing after the Claimant Advocacy Program argued his case. Find out why.
Labor Song: Working Man’s Blues - Bob Dylan, in honor of Dylan being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature today.