As Seward Co-op wraps up National Farmworker Awareness Week, we end with a personal story of perseverance from Natalia Mendez (they/them), Marketing and Communications Specialist.
My Grandpa, Salvador Sanchez, has always been someone in my life I looked up to. He’s an immigrant, he’s calm, quietly funny, and he put up with the shenanigans of six kids and countless grandchildren. I always knew he was involved in the fight for justice for migrant workers’ rights, but he was so humble and present when spending quality time with his grandkids, it was rarely a topic that came up. Only when I was older did I realize the man who made some of the best grilled chicken I’ve ever eaten was also an important part of unionizing migrant laborers that would travel from Texas to Wisconsin for farm work.