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Orgullo in Organizing: New York Latino Workers History and Legacy, 1930’s-2010’s


April 26th, 2013 - June 30th, 2013

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This exhibition traces "orgullo" or "pride" - the participation of Latinos in organized labor movements in New York, drawing on the collections of the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and donated materials from various organizations including the Transit Workers Union (TWU) Local 100, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCAA), and the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society (Local 3, International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers -IBEW). Displayed are materials documenting events of mutual aid societies which include the Hispanic lodges of the International Workers Order (IWO) from as early as the 1930’s, as well as the present day unions, workers’ affiliations and committees. Captured in the images and documents are the issues which have engaged workers throughout history: economic justice, tolerable working conditions, political representation and cultural awareness. Since the early 1900s, Puerto Ricans and other Latinos have played prominent roles in numerous economic sectors in New York and throughout the United States yet they remain virtually invisible in the annals of labor history. Centro is committed to documenting, preservation and dissemination Puerto Ricans/Latino Labor movement history and legacy.

This exhibit is made possible through the kind courtesy of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (Centro). The Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños is the only university based research institute in the United States dedicated to the study of the Puerto Rican experience.  Centro is home to the only library and archive devoted to documenting the Puerto Rican Diaspora. 

Credits: Exhibition Curator: Pedro Juan Hernández, Senior Archivist, Layout Montage: Diego Valencia, Digitization Coordinator, Writer and Editor: Madonna Hernández, Archives Assistant, Supporting Staff: Yosenex Orengo, Reference Librarian, and Ana Rosa Pérez, Archives Assistant.