Image Credit: Vicki L. Ruiz
LABOR RIGHTS CHAMPION: Luisa Moreno, a Guatemala-born activist who advocated for fair treatment of Latino laborers in the United States in the 1930s, is the subject of a new display at the National Museum of American History. Because Moreno organized strikes and encouraged union participation, her activism prompted U.S. government officials to call for her deportation. This pamphlet, produced to rally attention to the activist’s cause, is included in the exhibition.
“They can talk about deporting me…but they can never deport the people that I’ve worked with and with whom things were accomplished for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of workers—things that can never be destroyed,” Moreno said in a 1949 interview.