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...increase in unions and a desire for worker’s rights across all races. The Japanese-Mexican Labor Association formed in 1903 in response to wage cuts. Not only did they succeed in obtaining a reasonable wage, this union illustrated how oppressed minorities could work together. Mexicans The Union fought unfair wages, as Mexicans were often paid significantly less than their Anglo counterparts (173). The Union also fought a contradiction in its attempt to be recognized by the American Federation of Labor. The JMLA was told that Chinese or Japanese were not allowed to be members of the AFL. In solidarity against this unequal policy, the JMLA passed on the membership. By recognizing the injustice in the contradiction between the American “belief” in “all men created equal,” this coalition of Mexican and Japanese workers proved that together, contradictions can be exposed.
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