In 1999, UNITE HERE leader Maria Elena Durazo led workers, clergy, and activists in a fast to protest the failure of the University of Southern California (USC) to negotiate with their workers. In an editorial printed in the Los Angeles Times, Durazo compared the fast to those of United Farm Worker leader Cesar Chavez. “How could I ask others to work harder in the labor movement, to take even greater risks for their children and their co-workers, unless I was willing to fast side by side with them?” she wrote in explanation of the fast.
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Durazo, Maria Elena. “Commentary; PERSPECTIVE ON LABOR; Fasting to Right Worker Injustices; They’re Following in Chavez’s Footsteps to Call Attention to Conditions and Pay at USC and Elsewhere.: [Home Edition].” Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1999, sec. Metro; PART- B; Op Ed Desk. http://search.proquest.com/latimes/docview/421383380/abstract/83E4E2B59F3C4A4APQ/17.