Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Released: January 9, 2002
This bilingual children's book honors the 8,000 L.A. janitors who, in April 2000, put down their mops and brooms and went on strike. It tells the story of Carlitos, whose mother cleans offices. Every night, he sleeps while his mother goes to work in one of the skyscrapers in downtown L.A. When she comes home in the morning, she sends Carlitos off to school before she goes to bed herself. One night his mama explains that she can't make enough money to support him and his abuelita unless she can earn more. She and the other janitors have decided to go on strike. Carlitos finds his own special way to help and support her. Illustrated throughout in full-color by Francisco Delgado, and with an essay by Luis J. Rodriguez, this is an inspiring true tale for all ages of the family.