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Texas farm workers are particularly vulnerable to the feudal peon system that operates in the Valley. Mexicans, legal and illegal, are just across the river. The average No matter how many scabs the union can convert, the growers can always find more. So when Texas growers hire Mexicans, Texans start migrating. Every year. Up and out the Winter Garden to the San Joaquin to the Imperial and maybe into Oregon and Washington. Or through the Panhandle to Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, where the piece work rates are a little higher. Sometimes over into southern Minnesota, Idaho. Everywhere they go, the same barriers. For example, in Kern County, California, an agribusiness center, only those who have been residents of the county for six months or more are eligible to be treated at the county hospital. Kern County Land Co., one of the largest landowners in the country, is owned by Tenneco, Inc., headquarters, Houston, Texas. In another happy Texas connection, one of the big lettuce growers with whom UFW is currently seeking a contract is Harden Farms in California. Harden Farms owns La Casita in the Valley. In ’67, the strike at La Casita failed. If the lettuce boycott works, and Harden signs, La Casita’s workers will finally be able to negotiate under UFW. In Texas, there are now six paid, full-time boycott organizers. The organizers, like everyone else who works for UFW, and may the Dallas Morning News choke on it, get $5 a week. From Cesar Chavez down to 21-year-old Rosa Maria Lopez of San Antonio, UFW employees get room, board and $5 a week for high living. The organizers take pride in charging the union as little as possible for room and board. One is told with admiration of the Denver organizers who haven’t asked for food money in months because they’ve found some people to donate food. Board for Bill Chandler, executive director of the Texas boycott effort, for example, is a crummy house between two condemned buildings near a freeway-to-be. He considers it a great find. Everything in the house, from the furniture to the pictures on the walls, was donated to the Chandlers and their three little girls. \(By the way, if any of you San Antonio readers happen to have a spare heater, the The structure of the boycott is simple. Every major city in the state already has a boycott committee and each committee has been assigned a fund-raising goal. When the organizers first come into a state, they Contact groups that would logically be sympathetic. In Texas, that includes unions and churches. The Texas AFL-CIO has been backing the farmworkers for a long time and president Roy Evans is one of their biggest boosters. The Catholic Church has also been supportive here, particularly that estimable gentleman, Bishop Patrick Flores of San Antonio, who helped the UFW picket the visit of U.S. Treasurer Romana Banuelos \(a Nixon appointee who uses wetback labor in her California taco invocation at the dinner in her honor. THE POINT OF all the effort is quite simply to get the word out. When and if the Farmworkers are able to tell their story, they invariably find a sympathetic audience. For instance, at the September Democratic convention in Houston, boycott workers got to about 100 Wallace supporters, many of them small farmers. The Wallace supporters not only signed the “I will not eat lettuce pledge,” but when the vote on the resolution to make support of the boycott part of the party platform came up, these Wallaceites stood and argued against their own delegations. For those who remember the Wallace delegates in Miami bringing lettuce into the convention in order to taunt McGovernites, it was an impressive turnaround. But between the likes of the Morning News and the Farm Bureaus, the UFW has plenty trouble trying to tell its story. Henry Grover has been making an issue of the state Democratic party’s support for the boycott, implying that Briscoe, who has come out against the UFW, is somehow secretly in favor of this somehow comsymp group. In the next to the last week of the campaign, when Grover was finally nailed down by questions from an audience as to just why he opposes the lettuce boycott, he had no answer. None. In sum, the Farmworkers need anything you can give them. Time, money, space, supplies, food, work on the picket lines, help in pressuring restaurants and grocery stores, leafletters, office workers, anything that your talents can provide. A group of artists is even creating a special show for UFW. If you can’t afford the time or money to help in any other way, at least you can stop eating iceberg lettuce. A proper Cesar salad is made with Romaine anyway. Spinach tacos, anyone? M.I. The Observer’s deadline for this issue was Nov. 6 and the paper went to press on election day. Rather than attempting to predict our way out of this hole, we decided to let our ever-brilliant post-election analyses marinate in hindsight for another two weeks. We’ll be explaining how and why it all turned out in the next issue. Hasta la vista.