Tucson, Arizona , United States
|| May 01, 1927
|| January 01, 2012
Jan 10, 2012 02:05am
Hispanic - Internationalist - Pro-Labor - Married - Union Member -
|Info||Lorenzo Torrez is chair of the Communist Party of Arizona. |
Born in Gila, N.M., Torrez began working in mining camps at 16 and continued mining for 25 years. In 1950, his unit of the Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union went on strike for better wages and working conditions from the Empire Zinc Corporation. The strike ended successfully in February 1952.
During the strike, Torrez began an association with the Communist Party that continues today. Currently living in Tucson, Ariz., he is active in politics, and with his wife, Anita, runs the Salt of the Earth Labor School.
Torrez has donated his personal papers and book collection to the University Library Southwest and Border Research Center. The papers are available for use by researchers in the Rio Grande Historical Collections and the books will be cataloged for Special Collections.