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La Union del Pueblo Entero: The Union of The Community

LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox pictured with former UFW organizer Erik Torres. The UFW transferred all RGV organizing to LUPE in 2003.

LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox pictured with former UFW organizer Erik Torrén. The UFW transferred all RGV organizing to LUPE in 2003.

César Chávez founded La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) in 1989 as the non-profit community organizing arm of the farm worker movement. LUPE was founded on the belief that when people work together, they can impact change.

César realized that workers had needs outside the work place. He envisioned LUPE as the entity to help workers and their families by applying the same principles and strategies that he used to build the UFW.

In 2003, La Union del Pueblo Entero was established in the Rio Grande Valley by LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox, then UFW State Director for South Texas. Juanita brought the LUPE model to South Texas after farmworker leaders recognized the need for a community organizing model to advance the objectives of farmworkers and colonia residents.

For more history, read: A Union in the Community

Click here to read UFW and LUPE’s victories in South Texas

$20 could help provide one hour of leadership development to 15 LUPE leaders organizing to improve conditions in the colonias.