La Union del Pueblo Entero: The Union of The Community
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.