Dedicated to the farm workers of California and Mexico, “La Causa” is a timely and compelling documentary on the California grape strike of the late 1960s.

In the short fervent history of the United Farm Workers, the plight of California’s migrant laborers had made headlines, and Cesar Chávez, their leader, became a national hero. Students, housewives, clergy, businessmen and civil rights workers walked picket lines, raised money, spread the word and took up the cry of the movement to “Boycott grapes!”

The boycott served to turn a light on thousands of poverty-stricken migrant workers living in California. The strike, initiated in 1965 by Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), attempted to organize the fragmented workers collectives to push for greater labor rights. Six months later, Chávez and the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) led a strike of California grape-pickers on the historic march from Delano to the California state capitol in Sacramento. Through the recognition of common goals and methods, and the realization of the strengths of organization, Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, Filipinos, and Filipino Americans jointly formed the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), which would eventually evolve into the United Farm Workers of today.

Alongside personal essays and interviews supplied by George D. Horwitz, Paul Fusco recorded the everyday lives of the people at the center of the controversy, at work, at rest, and campaigning to raise awareness of the purpose of their protest. His evocative photographs caught the spirit and character of these people, serving as a unique commentary on the battlefront for human rights.

Format: Softcover
Pages: 158
Size: 11" x 8"
Publisher: Collier Books