The Grape Strike
The purpose of this lesson is to help students recognize the working conditions of farm workers in Delano, California in the 1960s. On September 8, 1965, Filipino farm workers organized as the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC). They decided to strike against grape growers due to low pay and horrible working conditions. They were demanding pay of $1.40 an hour plus 25 cents per box of grapes picked.AWOC leaders asked the NFWA if they can lead another strike with Latino farm workers. The NFWA (National Farm Workers Association) was led by Cesar Chavez and this was the first major collaboration between Filipino and Mexican workers (Franky Abbott, 2016).
Erika Renee Saenz & Kelly Wright