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Cesar Chavez, Farmworkers and Labor

United Farmworkers of America
Official site, with information on current union campaigns, history of the UFW and Chavez

Cesar E. Chavez Foundation
Information on the philosophy of Cesar Chavez and foundation programs on education, arts and culture, civic engagement, sustainable communities and non-violence

Paradigm Productions
The Fight in the Fields producers' web site offers more information on Chavez, a downloadable curriculum for middle and high school, and other programs exploring the creative use of non-violence.

Cesar Chavez FBI Files
Over 2000 pages of reports from FBI investigations of Chavez and the UFW starting in 1965

National Farmworkers Ministry
A national interfaith organization supporting farm workers as they organize for justice

Offers a wide range of information on labor and union issues

Sin Fronteras Organizing Project
Information on the history of the bracero program and on farm labor issues and the border

Nonviolence and Organizing

National Organizers Alliance
Supports progressive organizing for social, economic, environmental and racial justice

M.K Gandhi Institute
Promotes and teaches the philosophy and practice of nonviolence, and gives information on the most famous proponent of non-violence as a tool for social change

Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence
Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence was created in honor of Mahatma K. Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

The King Center

Dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Balderrama, Francisco E., and Raymond Rodriguez. Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.

Ballis, George. Basta! The Tale of Our Struggle. Delano, Calif.: Farm Workers Press, 1966.

Barger, W. K., and Ernesto M. Reza. The Farm Labor Movement in the Midwest: Social Change and Adaptation among Migrant Farmworkers. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994.

Brill, Steven. The Teamsters. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978.

Bulosan, Carlos. America Is in the Heart. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1973.

Day, Mark. Forty Acres: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971.

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Ferriss, Susan. The Golden Cage: A Story of California’s Farm Workers. Documentary film. Distributed by Filmmakers Library, New York, 1990.

Fusco, Paul, and George D. Horowitz. La Causa: The California Grape Strike. New York: Collier, 1970.

Galarza, Ernesto. Barrio Boy. London: University of Notre Dame Press, 1971.

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