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Abstract AWOC was chartered by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to organize farm workers in California. During its seven-year existence, AWOC called many strikes against growers and farm labor contractors and achieved some success in raising wages of farm laborers.
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Abstract Carolyn Ashbaugh worked with the Maricopa County Organizing Project and the Centro Adelante Campesino farm worker center in El Mirage, Arizona. Her papers include publications of the Centro Adelante Campesino and a letter to Cesar Chavez from G. L. Sanchez regarding the plight of undocumented workers.
Abstract David Burciaga worked with many farm worker movement leaders, including Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla in various capacities, from the 1950s to the 1980s. He served as the United Farm Workers’ top contract negotiator, working with both farm workers and growers. Prior to his involvement with the UFW, Burciaga worked with the American Friends Service Committee as the El Porvenir community development advisor from 1964 to 1970 and for the Community Service Organization (CSO)....
Abstract Originally serving as a minister to migrant workers through the Congregational and Christian Churches (CCC) Board of Missions, David Burgess became a labor organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), where he was appointed labor attaché to India’s American Embassy in 1955. This appointment led to various senior positions with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps program in Indonesia and with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in...
Abstract Dolores Huerta champions the rights of farm workers and Latinos. As a young teacher her experiences in classrooms filled with hungry children of migrant farm workers led her to believe that an even greater need was organizing farm workers. Dolores first met Cesar Chavez in the late 1950s while organizing farm workers under the name of the Agricultural Workers Association. In 1962 they founded the National Farm Workers Association in Delano, California. Today, Dolores Huerta continues to place...
Abstract Don Watson was active in community organizations, politics and labor unions most of his life. Before retiring, Watson was an active member of the ILWU Local 34 from 1955 to 1993 serving in a variety of capacities. In the mid-1960s he joined the Five-Dollar-a-Month Club in support of the farm workers organizing drive that was founded by members from ILWU Local 10. Later Watson became head of the organization and continued to collect funds for the striking farm workers from the clerks and...
Abstract Elaine Graves served on the staffs of both the United Farm Workers and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Her papers, while gathered during her tenure with AFSCME, reflect her continued interest with the UFW boycott effort.
Abstract Founded in Toledo, OH in 1967 by Baldemar Valasquez, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) represents migrant workers in the agricultural industry, and seeks to promote and protect the right of farm workers to actively participate in decisions that affect their conditions. FLOC centered their efforts not on growers, who the organization realized were relatively powerless, but on the large food processing companies who ran the agricultural business and ultimately controlled farm workers...
Abstract The work of Cesar Chavez, former President of the United Farm Workers, on behalf of farm migrants, resulted in his being closely examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was seen as possibly subversive in the 1960s for several reasons, such as his empowerment of minorities against a powerful and Anglo-controlled agribusiness and association with Alinsky, a known radical. The FBI records are microfilm copies published in cooperation with the FBI, and released under the Freedom of...
Abstract Between 2001 and 2002, documentarians Freddi Jacobi-Stevens and Pam LeBlanc photographed teenaged migrant farm workers in Michigan and Indiana. Jacobi-Stevens' daughter, Emily Jacobi, recorded oral history interviews with them and related individuals, in which they discuss their lives, work, and hopes for the future. This project became "In the Fields: En los campos." A photographic exhibition of the same name was displayed at the Children's Museum of Indianopolis in 2004 and at the Walter P....
Abstract The Industrial Workers of the World was founded in 1905 and is a member-run union for all workers. The IWW organizes all workers producing the same goods or services into one union instead of pooling them by skill or trade. Numbered among its members (known popularly as Wobblies) are lumberjacks, miners, farmhands (especially migrant workers), sailors, and workers in textile mills. Since their founding, the IWW has made significant contributions to labor struggles around the world. The union is...
Abstract Ken Barger (1941-), who was raised in east Tennessee, became active in social change after his experiences serving in the Vietnam War. He was a professor of Anthropology for thirty years at Indiana University Indianapolis focusing professionally on social change. Through these professional interests, he got involved with the farm labor movement and the immigrant rights movement. Barger has been an active member of the FLOC movement since 1979. He participated in many activities, such as...
Abstract The Kings-Tulare Counties (California) Migrant Ministry was formed by the Christian Migrant Ministry in 1959. Its purpose was to administer the Christian gospel to seasonal farm workers with a direct focus upon religious education, child-care, teenage and adult vocational and literacy training. Religious and community organizers who worked with the K-TCMM hoped that organized farm workers could exert influence, challenge established injustices and improve conditions on and off the job.
Abstract In 1956 Larry Itliong founded the Filipino Farm Labor Union in California. With the formation in 1967 of UFWOC (United Farm Workers Organizing Committee) Larry Itliong became Assistant Director to Cesar Chavez in the union that would eventually become the UFW. In January, 1970 he was appointed National Boycott Coordinator of the UFWOC. Itliong resigned from the Union on October 15, 1971. He devoted the rest of his life to improving the lives of retired Filipino farm workers, and to a wide...
Abstract Marc Grossman became involved with the United Farm Workers in 1969 while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine; where he graduated with a B.A. degree in American History in 1972. During that time he helped organize the Grape Boycott. From there he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism at UCLA in 1973. With his degree in journalism, Mr. Grossman went to work for the UFW and its President, Cesar Chavez. Marc Grossman knew Chavez the last 24...
Abstract Marion Moses served as United Farm Workers (UFW) Health Program Administrator and as Medical Director and Administrator for the National Farm Health Group. Dr. Moses’ papers reflect her interest in farm labor health concerns and document her work with the UFW; included are materials related to the Grape Boycotts of the 1960’s.
Abstract Mark Sharwood was as a full time volunteer for the United Farm Workers from 1976 until 1982. He worked towards passing Proposition 14, for which he traveled through California, Texas, Mid-west states and New York, assisting with various boycotts and campaigns. Beginning in 1978, Sharwood handled the propaganda for the Imperial Valley election. He created graphic fliers in order to communicate ideas that did not translate into words. Sharwood's records consist of leaflets, pamphlets and flyers...
Abstract Subjects include: United Farm Workers; Cesar Chavez; organizing farm workers; agricultural labor relations cases; boycott in Canada; UFW National Executive Board; Jessica Govea; medical programs
Abstract The Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition, active from 1978 through the 1990s, worked to assist farm workers’ organizing efforts and to improve their access to health care and education. This collection consists of photographs documenting their activities and the activities of related organizations, as well as audio recordings, posters, banners, and other ephemera.
Abstract In 2000, Fred Stielow interviewed "labor priest" Monsignor George Higgins. Collection consists of an audio recording. Higgins talks about his long involvement, through his leadership in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the United Farm Workers and association with Cesar Chavez. He offers his perspectives on Chavez's legacy, the need for a thorough history of the man and the movement, and the importance of open access to relevant archival material.
Abstract While an intern at the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM), Ryan Nilsen conducted oral histories with ten individuals involved in NFWM (staff, board members, organizers, supporters) across the country in connection with the NFWM Documentary Project 2011, which documented the organization's 40 years of activity under its current name and mission of supporting farm workers' organizing efforts. Recordings and transcripts are included for each. Images of some of the interviewees are also included.
Abstract The National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM)—original name Migrant Ministry— has been administering to the nation’s farm workers since the 1920’s. It originally operated in southeastern United States and by the early 1940s expanded to aid migrant workers in fifteen states. It was during the strikes and boycotts of the 1960s and 1970s initiated by Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) that brought the California Migrant Ministry and other state migrant ministries to form a national...
Abstract The National Farm Worker Ministry (predecessor name California Migrant Ministry) is an agency of the Southern and Northern California Councils of Churches and is affiliated with the Migrant Ministry of the National Council of Churches. It carries on a direct and active ministry of service to farm workers and their families in the following areas: Education, health services, worship, recreation, literacy classes, voter registration, community development, and vocational counseling and training....
Abstract The National Sharecroppers Fund (NSF) was incorporated in 1943 and grew out of “National Sharecroppers Week,” an annual event intended to rally support for the Southern Tenant Farmers Union. NSF was founded to provide financial assistance and information on government aid programs to organizations dedicated to improving living conditions for the rural poor. The photograph collection consists of images documenting NSF activities and the lives of sharecroppers and their families from the 1940s...
Abstract The National Sharecroppers Fund grew out of the "National Sharecroppers Week," an annual event to rally support for the fledgling Southern Tenant Farmers Union. It was founded to provide financial assistance and information on government aid programs to organizations dedicated to improving living conditions for the rural poor. Their records include the papers of Fay Bennett and her work with the NSF, the National Advisory committee on Farm Labor, the Migrant Children's Fund, the National...
- Subject: Agricultural laborers X
- United Farm Workers 54
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 9
- National Farm Workers Association 6
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 5
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 5
- AFL-CIO 3
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 3
- Beffel, John Nicholas 2
- California Migrant Ministry 2
- Coca-Cola Bottling Company United (U.S.) 2
- Ganz, Marshall 2
- Itlong, Larry 2
- National Farm Workers of America 2
- National Sharecroppers’ Fund (U.S.) 2
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 2
- AFSCME 1
- African National Congress 1
- Agricultural Labor Relations Board 1
- Alatorre, Richard 1
- Alvarez, Kassie (Kassandra) 1
- Ambriz, Omar 1
- Ashbaugh, Carolyn 1
- Aulisio, Dominique 1
- Austin, Dave (William David) 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Basaldua, Mayra 1
- Boutte, Lucy 1
- Brandt, Ed (Edgar) 1
- Burciaga, David 1
- Burgess, David S., 1917- 1
- Cabello, Cynthia 1
- Cabello, Sandy 1
- Castillo, Ana (Ana Yesenia) 1
- Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1
- Community Service Organization 1
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 1
- Cruz, Jesse de la 1
- Darweesh, Suzanne 1
- Democratic National Convention (Miami Beach, Fla.) 1
- Drake, James 1
- Elizondo, Abraham 1
- Filipino American Political Association 1
- Garcia, Chris 1
- Gomez, Adam 1
- Gomez, Anthony 1
- Gomez, Selene 1
- Graves, Elaine 1
- Higgins, George 1
- Industrial Workers of the World 1
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
- International Labour Organization 1
- Jacobi, Emily 1
- Jones, Alexandria 1
- Jones, Ronald 1
- LeBlanc, Pam (Pamela) 1
- Medina, Eliseo 1
- Michigan Council of Churches 1
- Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition 1
- Moses, Marion, M.D. 1
- Nilsen, Ryan 1
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Orendain, Antonio 1
- Padilla, Gilbert 1
- Perry, Roberta E. 1
- Public Services International 1
- Rabinovitz, Samuel 1
- Ramirez, Janie 1
- Reyes, Abel 1
- Reyes, Elizabeth 1
- Rodriguez, Carlos 1
- Rodriguez, Geraldo 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Sandman, Olgha Sierra 1
- Service Employees International Union 1
- Sharwood, Mark 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Silos, Jesus 1
- Silos, Joel 1
- Silos, Marcelo 1
- Smith, Sydney D., 1915- 1
- Stevens-Jacobi, Freddi 1
- Stielow, Frederick 1
- Taylor, Ronald B. 1
- Taylor, William W. 1
- Thomas, Robert J. (Robert Joseph) 1
- Trickey, Sam (Samuel B.) 1
- Tussey, Richard B. 1
- United Farm Workers. Toronto Boycott Office 1
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 1
- Velasco, Peter 1
- Watson, Don 1
- Westfall, Donald 1
- Wildman, David 1
- Workers Defense League 1
- World Bank 1
- Yinger, Winthrop 1 ∧ less