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DOLORES HUERTA AT U.S. SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING IN DELANO 19661869 views
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061781 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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091664 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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041632 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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081629 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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131616 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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121550 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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101542 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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141421 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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