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    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.

    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.

    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.

    Jewish Veteran magazine issue from October 1942, marked "Convention Issue". Several men are depicted on the front cover amongst various weaponry. In the background is what appears to be a naval vessel, a tank, and war planes, with the Statue of Liberty in the distance. Published in New Jersey by the Jewish Veteran Publishing Company. Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles Collection. Images from In Our Own Backyard.

    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.

    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 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.

    "Justice Not War," circa 1960s. This image of a Latino group protesting the Vietnam War made its way into the personal papers of Julian Nava. 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.

    Cesar Chavez - PBS Documentary - The Struggle in the Fields - His fight for UFW's and Grape Boycott is quite inspirational

    So proud to lead our food drive for his legacy. An American who fought for equality.

    Pawel traces Chavez’s remarkable career as he conceived strategies that empowered the poor and vanquished California’s powerful agriculture industry, and his later shift from inspirational leadership to a cult of personality, with tragic consequences for the union he had built. reveals how this most unlikely American hero ignited one of the great social movements of our time.

    "Students must learn to think and act for themselves—and be free." —Cesar Chavez (photo credit: TIME Magazine)

    Robert Kennedy and Cesar Chavez