Central Coast Farm Labor Organizing Collection

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 Cesar Chavez and supporters at a pro-Proposition 14 community meeting in Santa                Maria - restricted
Cesar Chavez and supporters at a pro-Proposition 14 community meeting in Santa Maria - restricted
Cesar Chavez, center right, and an unknown UFW female sympathizer, far right, attend one of several meetings held in Santa Maria cultivating support for Proposition 14. Chavez had community support from Pete Cohen, and Raul Ceja, two of the UFWs local strategists., 098-045
 Cesar Chavez speaking (with bodyguards at his side) - restricted
Cesar Chavez speaking (with bodyguards at his side) - restricted
Cesar Chavez, bodyguards at his side, tells workers how they can organize themselves to receive better wages, working conditions, and, most importantly, earn self-respect. Chavez had invited Santa Marias UFW chapter to Coachella to help organize grape strikes and picket Teamster interference., 098-035
 Mexicali workers and Santa Maria UFW supporters en route to a UFW strike near                Yuma, Arizona, 1972 - restricted
Mexicali workers and Santa Maria UFW supporters en route to a UFW strike near Yuma, Arizona, 1972 - restricted
A contingent of Mexican workers from Mexicali and UFW supporters from Santa Maria take a break while en route to a UFW strike near Yuma, Arizona sometime in 1972. Committee members in the photo also worked in Arizona as farm laborers. The bus in background was one of a fleet UFW used to shuttle supporters to the front lines., 098-012
Cesar Chavez debating with a grower - restricted
Cesar Chavez debating with a grower - restricted
It was a busy year. Members of Santa Marias UFW chapter witnessed the bloody summer of 1973. The photograph captures a tense moment in which Cesar Chavez, hand on chin, and flanked by UFW supporters, is locked in a heated debate with a Coachella Valley grower. Chavez had asked the farm owner why he had picked the Teamsters, who are standing behind the owner, to represent the farm workers who picked his grapes. By accepting Teamster representation, Chavez argued, growers were trying to deny farm workers their democratic right vote for a union., 098-034

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