The American Friends Service Committee had monthly meetings in Pasadena, California which must have been in the late 1950’s and I remember my parents taking me to some of these meetings. We lived in Monterey Park, a suburb of Los Angeles. The speaker at one of those meetings was Cesar Chavez and I was sitting about 15 feet from him as he gave his talk. After that, I don’t think my mother ever bought grapes again and though I missed those grapes, I thought the boycott of them was a great idea to bring attention to the plight of farm workers and pesticides. (Did the boycott actually begin before the UFW came into being? I’m not sure about that…)
Later on in the 1970’s when I lived in Los Angeles on my own, I participated in a UFW demonstration at a Ralph’s Market located near Vermont and Wilshire Blud.
I have since attended Farm Worker’s Ministry dinners here in Orange County where I now live and have made a few monetary contributions to UFW and the Farm Worker’s Ministry and am still very much in favor of their work! We have a wonderful contact person for their events here in Orange County.