Betita Martinez on Women, Unions, and Organizing

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking with Chicana sage Betita Martinez. We spoke for about twenty minutes on a number of topics related to women in the work place and union organizing. I asked her to recount the stories and protagonists of Chicana women fighting for labor rights during the times of the great depression. We also talked about domestic workers which Betita last wrote about in Z Magazine and also about new possibilities under the new Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Always radical, the legendary Chicana activist ended the interview with the provocative question:

“If we’re not troublemakers, then what the hell are we doing?”

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