There are an estimated 50,000 street vendors in Los Angeles, and the majority are women. Many are undocumented. Until this year, vendors were subjected to steep fines and public harassment, and worked under a shadow of fear due to their legal status.

In the above video, CSU Fullerton journalism student Vania Patino tells the story of Yolanda Granados, a widowed immigrant who supports her children by vending, and who chose to join other workers in a campaign to bring justice and protections to a labor force that has long worked in fear.