Community Service Organization

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César Chávez at a United Farm Workers rally in Delano, 1974

The Community Service Organization (founded 1947) was an important California Latino civil rights organization, most famous for training Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. It was founded in 1947 by Fred Ross, Antonio Rios and Edward Roybal[1][2] and was a source of political support for Roybal during his long political career. Ross had been hired by Saul Alinsky and was employed by his Industrial Areas Foundation.[3]


  1. ^ CSO History Project
  2. ^ Hispanic Americans in Congress - Roybal
  3. ^ Kenneth C. Burt, The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics (Claremont, CA: Regina Books), pp. 53-78.

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