[Marxism] How the UFW crushed dissent

johnaimani2 johnaimani2 at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jan 10 11:22:44 MST 2006

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From: Jim DeMaegt 
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Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 11:59 AM
Subject: [LAAMN] UFW response to L.A. Times articles

                  L.A. Times attacks farm workers with lies
                  Please send a letter to the editor today

                  The Los Angeles Times is running a series of inaccurate,
dishonest and untrue stories by reporter Miriam Pawel viciously attacking
the Farm Worker Movement and Cesar Chavez.

                  We know the conditions farm workers endure on a daily
basis and recognize much work remains. Despite supplying extensive, detailed
information and unparalleled access over many months refuting specific
inaccuracies and misleading charges, L.A. Times reporter Pawel refused to
include the Farm Worker Movement's side in her stories. These initial points
will be followed by a much more detailed response.

                  The UFW's commitment to organizing farm workers is
unwavering. Less than 150 union members are non-farm workers. Our limited
resources mean we can't be every place the need is desperate in California.
So our focus has been the Central Valley and Central Coast, the greatest
concentration of farm workers in America.

                  Thousands of farm workers benefit daily from the United
Farm Workers' efforts:

                    a.. 32 election victories, most in California, since the
current organizing drive began.
                    b.. Dozens of UFW contracts including the largest
strawberry, rose, winery and mushroom firms in California and the nation
plus victories in other states.
                    c.. Over the last decade, the UFW has dedicated up to
50% of its resources to organizing, among the highest of all unions.
Donations provide key support for organizing.
                    d.. Ongoing UFW organizing faces stiff resistance, as
evidenced by the state of California's ruling that last summer's election at
Giumarra table grape vineyards could be thrown out because of the grower's
illegal actions.
                    e.. The UFW has helped tens of thousands of farm workers
through recent legislative gains: the 2005 regulation to prevent heat
deaths; seat belts in farm labor vehicles; remedies for workers cheated by
farm labor contractors; new pesticide protections; the historic push for
immigration reform could aid hundreds of thousands in farm labor.
                  The Farm Worker Movement is continuing the legacy of its
founders, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who believed the movement had to
go beyond the work place through non-profit, independently-run groups with
distinct missions and staff. Annual independent financial audits give all
the organizations clean bills of health.

                    a.. The nine-station, three-state Radio Campesina
network mixes Mexican music with extensive educational programs for 300,000
daily listeners. Radio Campesina blankets the highest concentrations of farm
workers in the nation.
                    b.. More than 1,900 of 3,500 amenity-rich affordable
housing units serving about 10,000 people are in farm worker areas in the
Central Valley, Arizona and Texas.
                    c.. Community organizing efforts where farm workers live
are improving the lives of thousands in the Salinas and Central valleys and
in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
                    d.. The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation empowers and equips
tens of thousands of young people to carry on Cesar's life and work.
                  It is natural for members of Cesar's family to be inspired
by his example. Less than a dozen of 400 committed movement employees are
family members; just four hold policy-making positions. Many spent decades
as full-time volunteers, work hard for modest pay. They all serve without
compensation as board members. Arturo Rodriguez was elected UFW president
directly by farm workers.

                  You can help! These facts and much more that didn't appear
in the L.A. Times are why we ask you to help us bring balance to these
unjust stories. Please write down your own feelings and send a letter to the
L.A. Times.

                  Sign your letter to the editor with your full name, street
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Letters to the Editor, 202 West First Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90012

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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Louis Proyect 
  To: marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu 
  Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:57 AM
  Subject: [Marxism] How the UFW crushed dissent

  (This is rather long but well worth reading.)

   From the Los Angeles Times
  Decisions of Long Ago Shape the Union Today
  In the late 1970s Cesar Chavez grew intent on keeping control. He crushed 
  dissent, turned against friends, purged staff and sought a new course.
  By Miriam Pawel
  Times Staff Writer

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