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He wanted to gather poor workers together and help them stand up for their rights. Just before the end of World War II, 38-yearold Fred Ross founded the Community Service Organization (CSO) with help from several MexicanAmericans. The year was 1948. His goal was to help Mexican-Americans who were living in California. He wanted to get these people together so they could discuss issues that were important to them, and look for ways to change their situation.  31 voters have the right to vote in Spanish.

This was a government-led effort to help farmers who had been displaced by the drought caused by the ecological catastrophe known as the Dust Bowl. The idea was that these farmers would work together to farm land owned by the government. Ross supervised labor camps in Arizona and California. He was deeply troubled by the poverty and poor working conditions of the people. That’s when he decided to devote his energies toward organizing people. He wanted to gather poor workers together and help them stand up for their rights.

The National Farm Workers Association struggled right alongside on behalf of migrant farm workers. Dolores’s fiery speeches urged people to join the effort to fight against the unfair conditions in the fields. She told people about the way the greedy corporations treated farm workers. Large-scale growers were so large and so politically powerful that no one had dared to create laws to protect their farm workers. Dolores’s lobbying skills made huge gains for farm workers. She would show up at all hours at pool halls and on front doorsteps, encouraging workers to join the union.

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