Arturo “Tootie” Alvarez

Latina on a 1600-Mile Bike Ride for Workers’ Rights

At sunrise on Tuesday, July 12, Ana Guajardo began peddling north on her bicycle from Monterrey, Mexico, destined for Chicago. It’s a 19-day journey that requires Ana to endure intense heat, incredible exhaustion, and long stretches of loneliness.

  • Jul 26, 2022
  • 10:00 AM

Workers Organize at More Tortillerías in Chicago

Workers at Authentico Foods, which produces tortilla chips and tostadas under the El Ranchero brand and tamales and masa under the La Guadalupana brand, began organizing in March after hearing about the efforts of the workers at El Milagro. 

  • Apr 15, 2022
  • 11:31 AM

El Milagro Workers Announce Victories on Semana Santa, But Company Refutes Claims

On Monday, the workers at El Milagro announced several campaign victories, including wage increases totaling approximately $1.3 million, anti-sexual harassment training for managers, and air conditioning in the lunchrooms. But not all of the workers’ demands have been met, and the company disputes their claims.

  • Apr 12, 2022
  • 12:34 PM

Being a Good Mexican in Chicago This Christmas (OPINION)

Most Mexicans in Chicago get their masa from El Milagro. But now that workers at the company are in a dispute with management, this December presents a moral dilemma concerning the tradition of making tamales for Christmas.

  • Dec 7, 2021
  • 3:19 PM

Día de los Muertos Vigil for El Milagro Workers Who Died From COVID

On Tuesday, El Milagro workers gathered outside one of the tortillería’s Chicago locations for a Día de los Muertos vigil in honor of five coworkers who died from COVID-19.

  • Nov 3, 2021
  • 2:47 PM

Jasiel Lopez on Faith-Based Organizing and the Suburbs

Jasiel Lopez is an organizer with Centro De Trabajadores Unidos, a grassroots movement and worker center based in Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs

  • Oct 5, 2021
  • 3:01 PM

Ron Herrera on Leadership and the Labor Movement

Ron Herrera is a man of many titles.

  • Sep 10, 2021
  • 3:19 PM

Jonathan Mendoza on Poetry and Organizing

As a poet and organizer, Jonathan Mendoza embodies the tandem challenge of creating art and revolution.

  • Aug 10, 2021
  • 4:38 PM

Manuel Román on Organizing School and Leadership

In this latest episode of Rise Up Foo, Manuel explores why relationship building is essential to movements, the difference between an organizer and an activist, and the definition of a leader.

  • Jul 15, 2021
  • 2:14 PM

Organizer and Feminist Arelia Valdivia on the Issues of Sexism in Labor Unions

Arelia asks herself, “Am I a bad feminist?” after years of engaging with difficult conversations and pushing her male colleagues on issues of sexism.

  • Jun 3, 2021
  • 4:33 PM

Alejandro Negrete and the Role of Family in Organizing

I want Latino organizers to have the space to talk and share their knowledge.

  • May 10, 2021
  • 11:24 AM

OPINION: On Adam Toledo and Guns

This is where we are.

  • Apr 19, 2021
  • 8:59 AM

OPINION: One Reason Unions Lose? Leadership Does Not Reflect the Membership

What does it mean that over 80% of labor unions in the U.S. are led exclusively by white people?

  • Apr 16, 2021
  • 4:17 PM

Pobrecito Wao: #MeToo and the Code of Silence (OPINION)

It’s difficult to unlearn silence.

  • Mar 17, 2021
  • 11:57 AM

Supporting Our Heroes: I Will Not Give in to the Corruption of the Vaccine

I’ve written in the past that essential workers are not heroes simply because we are treated like we are expendable. But heroes are real. I know a hero. She gave me a much-needed reality check. Her name is Celeste Castillo.

  • Feb 17, 2021
  • 9:47 AM

Immigration, Rice and Nicky Jam

Before their night bus departed, the three brothers ate rice with grilled pork chops unsure of when they would eat their favorite meal again.

  • Jan 26, 2021
  • 1:36 PM

2020 in the Rearview: Reflections From an Essential Worker

My parents are more worried about me. They have a point. It is often impossible to social distance inside high-risk environments like restaurants and grocery stores.

  • Nov 25, 2020
  • 11:51 AM

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