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091307 viewsLARRY ITLIONG WAS AN ORGANIZER WITH THE AFL-CIO-SPONSORED AWOC (Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee). IT WAS LARRY WHO ORGANIZED THE FILIPINO WORKERS TO GO ON STRIKE IN THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER 1965 DURING THE HARVEST OF DELANO AREA TABLE GRAPES.
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081305 viewsTHE NFWA WAS BUILT ON SERVICE TO ITS MEMBERSHIP. COUNTLESS HOURS WERE SPENT ONE-ON-ONE WITH MEMBERS HELPING THEM NAVIGATE SOCIAL SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, AND SERVED AS AN ADVOCATE. MEMBERS WERE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FARMWORKER CREDIT UNION, THE FUNERAL BURIAL PROGRAM, AND IN THE DREAM OF CESAR CHAVEZ TO CREATE A UNION FOR FARMWORKERS.
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131299 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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121257 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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101223 viewsAWOC WAS COMPOSED MOSTLY OF FILIPINO WORKERS WHO WERE FIRST IMPORTED BY CALIFORNIA AGRIBUSINESS IN THE 1920'S AND 1930'S TO WORK IN THE AGRICULTURAL FIELDS. IMPORTED AS YOUNG, UNMARRIED MALE-ONLY WORKERS, IT WAS NOT UNTIL AFTER WORLD WAR II THAT THEY WERE PERMITTED TO MARRY OR OWN PROPERTY, AS A RESULT, MOST OF THE FILIPINO FARMWORKERS WERE BACHELORS - BUT NOT BY CHOICE. IN 1965, EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE FARMWORKER MOVEMENT, AFFECTIONATELY REFERRED TO THESE AWOC MEMBERS AS THE FILIPINO BROTHERS.
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141153 viewsWINTER AND SUMMER, THE MOST FRUSTRATING WORK IMAGINABLE WAS TO MAN THE DELANO PICKET LINES AND CONVINCE THOUSANDS OF STRIKEBREAKERS WHO HAD BEEN IMPORTED BY THE GROWERS AND THEIR LABOR CONTRACTORS, TO LEAVE THE FIELDS AND JOIN THE STRIKE. MORE DIFFICULT STILL BECAUSE CESAR CHAVEZ AND HIS MOVEMENT WERE PLEDGED TO NONVIOLENCE.
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CALIFORNIA FIELDS 1973 Susan Due Pearcy 1123 views
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BOYCOTT LETTUCE 1972 Susan Due Pearcy 1116 views
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031105 views WITH HIS BODY SLIGHTLY OFF BALANCE AND WITH A GRIM LOOK, CESAR CHAVEZ CREATES A SOFT SPEAKING GESTURE: WITH BOTH ARMS CLOSE TO HIS BODY, HE MAKES A FIST WITH HIS RIGHT HAND AND RESTS IT IN THE PALM OF HIS LEFT. OFTENTIMES HE PUNCTUATED HIS POINTS BY TAPPING THE CLOSED FIST INTO HIS HAND.
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151082 viewsCESAR CHAVEZ SPENT MUCH TIME, ESPECIALLY IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS JUST AFTER DAYBREAK, ON THE PICKET LINE. HE BELIEVED IT WAS THE BEST EDUCATION FOR WORKERS AND UNION VOLUNTEERS; BESIDES, HE WAS NOT THE KIND OF LEADER WHO EXEMPTED HIMSELF FROM THE HARD WORK HE ASKED OF OTHERS.
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BOYCOTT LETTUCE/HUELGA FLAG 1973 Susan Due Pearcy 1042 views
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161041 viewsA TOUCHING PHOTO SHOWING ONLY THE HAND OF A STRIKING FARMWORKER - A HAND WEATHERED BY AGE AND A LIFETIME OF BACK BREAKING FIELD WORK. THE STRIKER USES HIS HAND TO STRENGTHEN HIS APPEAL TO THE STRIKEBREAKERS PRUNING THE GRAPE VINES CLOSE BY THE ROADSIDE.
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