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Chavez Slideshow2168 viewsView a slideshow compiled by Cathy Murphy. Download PowerPoint presentation here.
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01 1379 viewsTHE STORY OF CESAR CHAVEZ AND HIS FARMWORKER MOVEMENT IS ROOTED IN THE SOIL OF CALIFORNIA'S SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, ONE OF THE RICHEST AGRICULTURAL VALLEYS IN THE WORLD. TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF ALL U.S. AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION - AS MEASURED IN DOLLARS - IS PRODUCED IN THIS CENTRAL VALLEY OF CALIFORNIA.
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031264 viewsWOMEN DID MUCH OF THE HARVESTING AND PACKING OF TABLE GRAPES IN CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY. THE SCALES WILL SHOW A WEIGHT OF APPROXIMATELY 26 POUNDS FOR A FIELD-PACKED BOX OF GRAPES. PAID PIECE RATE - THE FASTER YOU WORKED, THE MORE YOU EARNED - WITH NO TOILETS OR DRINKING WATER PROVIDED.
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041211 viewsCHILDREN WORKING WITH THEIR PARENTS TO HELP SUPPORT THE FAMILY, ALSO HARVESTED AND PACKED GRAPES IN THE FIELDS. CHILD LABOR DURING HARVEST TIME WAS THE NORM, NOT THE EXECEPTION.
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011209 viewsTHE YEAR IS 1973 DURING THE EARLY SUMMER GRAPE HARVEST IN THE ARVIN-LAMONT AREA, SOUTH OF BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIA. CESAR CHAVEZ AND HIS UNITED FARM WORKERS UNION HAVE CALLED A STRIKE. THE SETTING FOR THIS SERIES OF PHOTOS IS A PUBLIC PARK WHERE A STRIKE RALLY TAKES PLACE AT WHICH CESAR CHAVEZ IS THE MAIN SPEAKER. AS HE ARRIVES, CESAR IS SURROUNDED BY FARMWORKERS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS AS HE MAKES HIS WAY TO THE MAKE-SHIFT SPEAKERS PODIUM - A PICNIC TABLE IN THE SHADE OF THE PARK TREES.
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071098 viewsCESAR CHAVEZ FOUNDED HIS NFWA (National Farm Workers Association) IN 1962. HE WAS A MASTERFUL ORGANIZER - SOFT-SPOKEN, AN INTENTIONAL AND FOCUSED LISTENER - HE WAS AT HIS BEST WHEN ORGANIZING ONE-ON-ONE, AND HE MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION ON PEOPLE.
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051031 viewsSWAMPING THE GRAPE BOXES FROM THE FIELDS: A FARMWORKER ON THE GROUND TOSSES UP THE 26 POUND BOX, THE FARMWORKER STANDING ON THE TRUCK BED, CATCHES THE BOX AND STACKS IT. HOW MANY BOXES OF TABLE GRAPES ARE SHIPPED FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY? ENOUGH TO BUILD A WALL TWELVE BOXES HIGH, FROM DELANO TO BOSTON, APPROXIMATELY THREE THOUSAND MILES.
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021012 viewsCESAR CHAVEZ TAKES HIS PLACE IN THE AUDIENCE, PARTICIPATES IN THE STRIKE RALLY, AND WAITS FOR HIS INTRODUCTION.
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06998 viewsA GRAPE WORKER DRESSED FOR THE HARVEST WORK IN THE HUNDRED DEGREE SUMMER HEAT. THE CLOTHING IS NEEDED TO PROTECT THE WORKER FROM WASPS AND BEES, FROM THE PENETRATING DUST OF THE FIELDS, AND FROM THE RESIDUES OF PESTICIDES AND FUMIGANTS THAT HAVE BEEN USED ON THE VINES DURING THE GROWING SEASON. THIS WORKER COULD BE A MAN OR WOMAN.
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13975 viewsDOLORES HUERTA WAS, AND IS, ONE OF THE ICONS OF THE FARMWORKER MOVEMENT - A TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS. THERE IS NO PERSON ALIVE WHO COULD MAKE A MORE COMPELLING AND EMOTIONAL APPEAL THROUGH THE MOUTHPIECE OF A BULLHORN TO STRIKE BREAKERS WORKING A HUNDRED YARDS AWAY THAN DOLORES HUERTA.
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04948 viewsWITH HIS RIGHT FIST STILL CLOSE BY HIS BODY, CESAR CHAVEZ MAKES A FIST WITH THIS LEFT HAND AND REACHES OUT AND UPWARD WITH HIS LEFT ARM ALMOST FULLY EXTENDED CARRYING HIS BODY WITH HIM AND CATCHING HIMSELF BY TRANSFERRING ALL HIS WEIGHT TO HIS LEFT FOOT. HIS FACIAL EXPRESSION PLEADS FOR UNDERSTANDING.
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12941 viewsTWO WEEKS AFTER THE AWOC MEMBERS WENT ON STRIKE, THE NFWA UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF CESAR CHAVEZ, JOINED THEM. THE TWO LABOR ORGANIZATIONS DID NOT MERGE, BUT WORKED SIDE-BY-SIDE IN SOLIDARITY TO ACHIEVE A COMMON PURPOSE: TO SECURE THE RIGHT OF FARMWORKERS TO ORGANIZE AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY WITH THEIR EMPLOYERS.
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