Lou Siegel


[Excerpt] [Maria Elena] Durazo became a leader of an increasingly vocal and militant opposition within the local. A challenge to the incumbent officers took shape. Durazo's training and her close ties with Latino groups and the progressive elements in the Los Angeles labor movement made her a formidable candidate. Many of the activists who had energized the Farmworkers struggle of the previous decade came together again for her campaign. "We had learned how to organize immigrant workers around issues of class and justice," says Durazo. "We were doing that again."