On the 40th anniversary of the successful grape boycott led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, UCLA urban planning alumnus Alvaro Huerta looks at the event in the context of today’s labor laws and working conditions. In a piece published in The Progessive, Huerta writes:
“Now, 40 years later, farmworkers continue to toil under harsh working conditions.
To draw attention to this, the UFW has launched an innovative campaign called “Take Our Jobs.”
The “Take Our Jobs” campaign encourages unemployed Americans to work in the agricultural fields to pick fruits and vegetables as a means to educating the public of the importance of immigrant labor issues and desperate need for humane labor reforms at the national level.”