Farmworker Movement Documentation Project - Presented by the UC San Diego Library

Farmworker Movement Online Gallery

Images from the Farmworker Movement


Album list Last uploads Most viewed Search Home Upload file Login
Category Albums Files
IntroductionIntroduction by LeRoy Chatfield

Nick Jones, a United Farm Worker volunteer from 1966 to 1976, used a 35mm camera to record his work with the farmworker movement. Instead of keeping a journal, Nick took candid photos - upwards of 1,500 photographs. Now, 30 years later, Nicks photos serve as an incredible primary resource for those interested in the work of Cesar Chavez and his farmworker movement.

Nicks photos include the public relations travels of Cesar Chavez, the UFW organizing campaign and grape strike at Giumarra Vineyards in the late 1960s, the Oregon and Boston area UFW grape, lettuce and Gallo boycotts, the harsh working conditions of farmworkers harvesting grapes, the Bobby Kennedy and No on Proposition 22 UFW political campaigns, a UFW memorial service for RFK, a variety of UFW in-house national and local boycott staff meetings, and scores of farmworker volunteers.

In my view, the most telling story contained in these photographs is the portrayal of the grape boycott. For those of us who were involved in the very early days of the Delano Grape Strike, it became clear that the strike could not be won through picket lines along the sides of the county roads, which bordered the grape fields. For one thing, the strike area itself was too vast to manage effectively. The grape fields extended along Highway 99 from at least Tipton (north of Delano) to Arvin (south of Bakersfield) a distance of 60 miles. In addition, the growers had access to an unlimited supply of strike breakers recruited through labor contractors along the California-Mexico border and transported by air-conditioned buses to cross the Delano area picket lines. The strike, anchored by faithful farmworker strikers manning the picket lines, was an important symbol of the movement struggle, but it was the development of the boycott in more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada that created the leverage to force the growers to the collective bargaining table.

These photographs of Nick Jones show the power of the UFW boycott, first in Oregon, and then in New England. Thousands of farmworker supporters were mobilized and inspired - to put economic pressure on supermarkets and wholesalers who, in turn, pushed back on the California grape growers first, by forcing the growers to sell at a discount or loss, or worse, by purchasing token amounts of product, or none at all. The farmworker movement succeeded in creating a playing field on which the growers could not compete because they did not understand the rules of the game.

As you view the Oregon and Boston area boycott photos taken by Nick Jones, pleased remind yourself to multiply by 25 in order to properly assess the sum total impact generated by the boycott in the cities of the U.S. and Canada.

(Photos captions provided by LeRoy Chatfield)

CESAR CHAVEZ



0 files
Album viewed 0 times

CESAR CHAVEZ SPEAKS - LARGE GROUPS


WEB-JONES-CEC_91.jpg

24 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 186 times

CESAR CHAVEZ SPEAKS - SMALL GROUPS


WEB-JONES-CEC_81.jpg

38 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 148 times

CESAR CHAVEZ SPEAKS - FARMWORKERS


WEB-JONES-CEC_26.jpg

4 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 116 times

CESAR CHAVEZ SPEAKS - ARIZONA


WEB-JONES-CEC_71.jpg

16 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 107 times

CESAR CHAVEZ PHOTOGRAPHER


WEB-JONES-CEC_56.jpg

9 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 104 times

CESAR CHAVEZ SPEAKS - MEDIA INTERVIEWS


WEB-JONES-CEC_52.jpg

40 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 368 times

CESAR CHAVEZ SPEAKS ON TELEPHONE


WEB-JONES-CEC_28.jpg

4 files, last one added on Oct 03, 2010
Album viewed 83 times

BILL ESHER - EL MALCRIADO EDITOR


Bill-Esher.jpg

5 files, last one added on Aug 23, 2005
Album viewed 86 times

MARSHAL GANZ - UFW ORGANIZER AT WORK


UFW-ORGANIZER-GEORGE-ZARAGO.jpg

19 files, last one added on Aug 25, 2005
Album viewed 121 times

FATHER JOSEPH BILTZ - CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN


FR. BILTZ 16.jpg

25 files, last one added on Feb 21, 2006
Album viewed 139 times

GRAPE HARVEST SEEN FROM PICKET LINE


UFW-BILL-CHANDLER-TALKS-WIT.jpg

17 files, last one added on Aug 29, 2005
Album viewed 208 times

18 albums on 2 page(s) 1