We’re excited to release a short video we put together focused on Lupe Briseno and her leadership around efforts to unionize Chicana carnation workers in the late 1960s in Brighton, Colorado. Lupe was the catalyst for an eight-month strike with the backing of the National Floral Workers Organization (NFWO). They demanded better wages, benefits and working conditions. Although less known than the farm-worker struggles of the same period, this important piece of Chican@ history illustrates the importance of Chicana leadership in workplace struggles for dignity and justice. Watch the video and keep an eye out for additional teaching tools connected to Symbols of Resistance and the Chican@ Movement.
ps. Continued appreciation to the Symbols of Resistance film crew for their tireless work and commitment.