National Campaign Urges Obama to Award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Legendary Organizer Fred RossRandy Shawbyline‚ Feb. 13‚ 2013
Activists, organizers and elected officials across the United States have come together to urge President Barack Obama to award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the legendary organizer, Fred Ross Sr. The first to organize people through house meetings, a mentor to both Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, and a pioneer in Latino voter outreach since 1949 when he helped elect Ed Roybal as Los Angelesís first Latino council member, Rossí influence on social change movements remains strong two decades after his death in 1992. If there were a Mount Rushmore for community organizers, Rossís angular face would be on it. Here is a brief summary of Rossís remarkable legacy, along with instructions on how to get your message of support to President Obama in time for the February 28 deadline.