The Fred Hirsch Ephemera collection documents local civil rights activist organizations in San Jose and Santa Clara County.
This collection documents the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the National Farmworkers
Association, and Santa Clara County Friends of SNCC, the Mexican American Political Association, and Congress
of Racial Equality (CORE). The collection includes correspondence, petitions, flyers and miscellaneous
Fred Hirsch (1933-), a retired plumber is well known to the national leadership of the AFL-CIO and very widely in San Jose.
As vice president of Plumbers and Fitter, Local 393, Hirsch worked as a plumber and rank and file worker in
construction as well as a union activist and organizer. Hirsch helped transform his union into a dynamic force
on issues of AFL-CIO intervention in the political and trade union life of sovereign nations and specifically the
organizations in Latin America.
Hirsch is particularly known in the Chicano community, where he founded and served as Secretary of the Law and
Police Committee Model Cities Program. He has been involved in political, labor and community activism in San
Jose and he served as Co-Chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Friends of the Student Non Violent Coordinating
Hirsch also wrote the first pamphlet exposing CIA machinations in the Latin American labor movement.
Committed to civil rights, Hirsch participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer project to help register African
American voters in Mississippi.
In addition, he worked with Cesar Chavez and the National Farmworkers Association. He played a part
in the Angela Davis’ trial by helping with the research of over 2000 potential jurors to guarantee a fair trial.
Hirsch is currently on the Executive Board of Plumbers and Fitters Local 393 in San Jose, a delegate to
the South Bay Labor Council and a longtime activist in the Latin America Solidarity Coalition.
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