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United Farm Workers
United Farm Workers news and analysis from The Nation
July 2, 2021
The Real Target in the Supreme Court’s ‘Cedar Point’ Decision
The court and the press talked about “property rights.” But the real impact will be on organizing, and workers’ rights.
June 23, 2021
Our Fathers Fought GOP Voter Suppression 70 Years Ago
Cesar Chavez and Fred Ross Sr. knew it would take a movement to fight measures aimed at intimidating Latino voters. So they built one.
Fred Ross Jr.
January 12, 2021
Housing Is a Right. During a Pandemic, It’s Also a Fight.
In California’s agricultural heartland, farmworkers are fighting back against expensive rents, substandard housing, and economic disenfranchisement.
October 18, 2017
No Sanctuary in Fire-Stricken California’s Immigrant Communities
Toxic smoke, destroyed homes, and fears of deportation are hitting immigrant communities all at once across Northern California.
October 3, 2016
Why These Farm Workers Went On Strike—and Why It Matters
Months of strikes and organizing in Washington led to the first U.S. farmworker union in years.
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March 31, 2016
Meet the Long-Forgotten Organizer Who Inspired Cesar Chavez to Become an Activist
In 1952, Fred Ross appeared at Chavez’s door. The meeting changed Chavez’s life—and farmworker history.
April 9, 2014
Out of the Fields, Onto the Screen: What ‘Cesar Chavez’ Gets Wrong About the Labor Movement
The new film turns decades of organized struggle into the inspiring tale of one man.
April 1, 2014
Not the Cesar Chavez I Knew
A new film about the labor leader reduces him to a caricature and ignores his true strengths as an organizer.
January 25, 2012
Looking Back at the UFW, a Union With Two Souls
A Q&A with Frank Bardacke, whose new book
Trampling Out the Vintage
complicates the legend and legacy of Cesar Chavez.
January 5, 2012
Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers: What Went Wrong?
The UFW had two souls—the strike, and the boycott.