Born in Spain in 1898, Juan Noriega was one of the most active rank-and-file Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) organizers during the 1927 Colorado coal strike. A decade later he was a New Deal Democrat elected to the Colorado state senate. His story has thus far been ignored by historians. Looking at a variety of primary sources including newspaper articles and mining company personnel records and spy reports, we discussed Juan Noriega in three episodes of our weekly community radio show.
- A Young Lords Fiesta: The Threat of a Good Example
- José Villa: A Spanish Militant in Colorado’s Coal Fields
- Clemente Chavez: Immigrant Miner and Wobbly Martyr
- Juan Noriega: From Immigrant Coal Miner and ‘Wobbly’ Agitator to Colorado State Senator
- Scabbing and Retribution: Violence in an Aguilar Pool Hall