I use this example in presentations on grassroots leadership
Back in 1969, Delores Huerta, a founder along with Ceasar Chavez of the United Farmworkers Union, came to a picket line I was in at the San Francisco headquarters of a large grape growing company. She said, “Lets go upstairs and talk to them, ask them why they don’t treat their workers better.” It had not occurred to me that I could do that, that it was ok to go right in their offices and talk with the people working there. That emboldened me, educated me and led me for the rest of my life to not be intimidated by power.
And getting to that picket line resulted from meeting a man named Ray Pena’ on the San Francisco beach. Ray had lost his car keys somewhere in the sand. I drove him home to get a spare key. He was an organizer for the United Farmworkers Union and got me involved. This led to me driving voters to the polls in the Mission District to vote for Robert Kennedy. A simple act of helping another person led me to become active with that union. So it is important to be honest and truthful, it is also important to follow the golden rule and do for others as you want them to do for you.