Felix Padilla

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Felix Padilla was a Tucson Arizona activist. He was the partner of Arvilla Jackson.

Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth Labor College was founded in the early 1990s in Tucson, Arizona in the copper mining belt. It happened due to the generosity of Felix Padilla and Arvilla Jackson, who bequeathed their home and library with the desire they be used for a workers’ school. The founding group included several former copper miners including Lorenzo Torrez and Anita Torrez, veterans of the Empire Zinc Strike and the movie.[1]

Both were members of the Communist Party USA.[2]


  1. Our Living Legacy: The Salt of the Earth Labor College, Joe Bernick, Political Affairs September/October 2003
  2. Jon Miles Medium 2 Richard Boren Published on Nov 4, 2013