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"Chole" Alatorre Encourages LAMC Protestors PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:35

A long-time activist, Soledad "Chole" Alatorre visited protesting Los Angeles Mission College students recently, giving them advice on how to keep their protest drawing from her years of experience fighting for workers' rights and immigration reform.

"I told them that if their cause is just, they should keep fighting and everyone should support it, especially because it has to do with educating our young people," said Alatorre, 87, who lives in Pacoima.

She also told them to "protest with conscience that what they're doing is right and to document everything." Alatorre, who was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and came to the United States in the 1950s, was a union steward and contract negotiator, leading strikes and improved working conditions for garment workers.

She later joined Bert Corona to establish El Centro de Acción Social Autónomo Hermandad General de Trabajadores (CASA) in 1968 and later on built Hermandad Mexicana Nacional into a grassroot community- based organization that fought for immigration reform, which they helped bring about with the passage of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which legalized 2.7 million undocumented persons.

Alatorre said she also worked with other people to establish Mission College in response to the need of having more Latinos advance in their studies.

She remains involved and is active with Justicia Social, a group that meets at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Pacoima.

"There's always someone who needs help," Alatorre said of the need to help others.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 05:38