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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:07 PM
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UFW co-founder left mark on county (documentary "Harvest of Shame" by Edward R. Murrow)

http://origin1.montereyherald.com/local/ci_9011378

Chavez remembered for giving workers a voice
By CLAUDIA MELNDEZ SALINAS
Herald Salinas Bureau
Article Last Updated: 04/22/2008 09:23:14 AM PDT

In 1960, the television documentary "Harvest of Shame" by Edward R. Murrow presented the American public with the plight of migrant farmworkers.

The heart-wrenching images of impoverished migrants, working under deplorable conditions and living in even worse situations, were aired a day after Thanksgiving to try to instill sympathy for farmworkers.

Murrow concluded: Migrants have no lobby. Only an enlightened, aroused and perhaps angered public opinion would do anything about the migrants.


Cesar Chavez, center, walks out of the Monterey County jail with supporters on Dec. 24, 1970. (HERALD FILE)


But the migrants found a lobby. Two years later, Cesar Chavez, a migrant farmworker who spent his childhood following the crops with his parents, founded the National Farm Workers Association.

Wednesday marks the 15th anniversary of Chavez' death from unspecified natural causes in San Luis, Ariz.

Chavez made a mark on farm communities throughout the West and especially in the Salinas Valley.

FULL story at link.

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cloudbase Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 08:33 PM
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1. I went to see Dolores Huerta
give a talk in Houston on Monday night. She's quite an eloquent speaker, and still has the fire burning in her. She was here on behalf of the SEIU drive to organize the Aramark workers.
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