Professor Sonya Huber

Cesar Batalla

April 06, 2018

by Professor Sonya Huber, Associate Professor of English, Fairfield University

The life work of an activist can often be portrayed as a bold stance taken at a single defining moment, such as the image of Rosa Parks not giving up her seat on the bus. But like Parks, Cesar Batalla’s activist role in and beyond Bridgeport was not built in a single day; it was a series of daily battles and tenacious monitoring of his community’s needs and aspirations. While leading with this constant action and vigilance, Batalla raised two daughters with his wife and worked in community relations at the Southern Connecticut Gas Company, where he had a huge poster of Che Guevara hanging in his office on the ninth floor.[1] (more…)

Education, Hispanic Populations and Culture, Labor, Social Justice