The United Farm Workers (UFW) published the monthly magazine Food and Justice to keep its members and other interested parties up to date with issues important to the Farm Workers movement. The July 1987 issue featured a story on the current grape season and its related boycotts. Millie Moser Smith Papers. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
The United Farm Workers (UFW) published the monthly magazine Food and Justice to keep its members and other interested parties up to date with issues important to the Farm Workers movement. The July 1988 issue (Volume 5, Number 5) featured a story on supermarket boycotts and an article about Cesar Chavez's latest fast, which began on July 16, 1988. Millie Moser Smith Papers.
This flyer was distributed by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee's (AWOC) national director, C. Al Green, and the Conferación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC) to alert Mexican agricultural workers working legally in the United States that they have the right to Social Security, unemployment insurance, and a minimum wage, and that they should register with the Farm Labor Sector, September 18, 1965. Max Mont Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
Letter from Cesar Chavez to Julian Nava, May 11, 1971. Nava and Chavez worked together throughout their careers. In 1967, Chavez, then president of the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers), assisted Nava in his candidacy for the Los Angeles Board of Education. In this letter, Chavez thanks Nava for writing a letter to Congressman Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr., the son of Senator Barry Goldwater. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
What Happened: In 1965, Filipino and Latino farmworker unions joined in a strike, and latter a boycott of grapes in the Delano area of California to protest poor conditions. The five-year campaign ultimately succeeded in forcing the grape producers to sign union contracts. Why It Matters: This early victory helped secure the place of the United Farm Works and its leader Cesar Chavez key players in the Latino civil rights movement.
During the 1960s and 1970s, many Mexican-American residents of East Los Angeles began an attempt to incorporate their neighborhood into a separately-governed city. This 1974 issue of La Luz magazine covered this issue in-depth. Journalist Frank del Olmo collected this magazine and other information like it to help in the background research of his newspaper articles. Frank del Olmo Papers. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
Caesar Chavez, United Farm Workers president, participated in the Distinguished Visitors Program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in May of 1990. He discussed the grape boycott in a presentation at the Northridge Theater at the University Student Union. The Chavez visit was sponsored by the School of Humanities, MeCHA, and the Department of Chicano Studies. CSUN University Digital Archives.
The Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) brochure, "An Invitation for the Women of our Community". MELA started in 1985 when a group of women organized to fight a proposal for the construction of a new state prison in their neighborhood. MELA has become known for their advocacy and activism on behalf of protecting the environment, lead-poison awareness, water conservation, graffiti abatement and various other social issues. MELA Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
The Millionaires Club of Happiness and Contentment's philosophy, signed by Mildred W. Brigham, circa 1915-1921.The club consisted of a local group of men who met in front of the Tujunga Post Office to visit and discuss local issues. Little Landers Historical Society. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.
Elect Dr. Julian Nava handout. In 1966 a coalition was formed with its goal the election of the first Mexican-American to the Los Angeles Board of Education. This handbill from the 1967 election gives Nava's platform as well as the names of those individuals and organizations that supported him. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.
In honor of Caesar Chavez Day, March 31st -- Pray for those whose hands labor, backs bend, arms reach, and bodies ache when they go home to their families at night, all to live productive lives and to help provide us with the produce we enjoy.
Printed image of a bird in hand with the words "Friendship and Love," found in the diary of James F. Dargan, circa 1862-1863. Dargan served as a Union solder in the US Civil War, and kept a diary which includes descriptions of his enlistment, camp life, gossip about fellow soldiers, and military discipline. Scattered throughout the diary are lines of verse, original sketches, clippings, pressed flowers, ribbons, cards, and other ephemera. Civil War Narratives Digital Collections.
Lark Day, Owensmouth Women's Club, April 1930. "The Owensmouth Women's Club gathered for the annual Lark Day celebration... Costumes from all lands and from all stations in life were the cause for much admiration and merriment." Canoga Park Women's Club Collection. San Fernando Valley History Digital Library.