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Category Archives: Unions

Discussion with Cesar Chavez

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Cesar Chavez, Cults, Delano, George Thomas Clark, Robert F. Kennedy, Strikes

Grower in the Fields

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Dolores Huerta, Houston, Larry Itliong, Strikes, United Farm Workers

Delano Grape Strike

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Agriculture, Cesar Chavez, Delano, Larry Itliong, Philippines, Poverty, Strikes, United Farm Workers

Teacher Patrimony

I teach Spanish in Mexico City, math in Morelos, history in Guadalajara. Father passed his job to me as Grandfather had to him. We’re educators. We don’t need government bureaucrats to hire and evaluate us with standardized tests. We’re evaluating them, wearing masks and waving sticks and lying in streets, snarling traffic and leaving kids […]

Also posted in Education, Mexico, Mexico City

Material Handler on the Road

I still wonder if my adult working career for many years progressed like a tortoise in sand because of apathy or a reflexive hatred of manual labor that began too soon, at age nine, when my mother remarried and her new husband, a drill sergeant masquerading as an electrical engineer and contractor, drafted my stepbrother […]

Also posted in Abraham Lincoln, Alcohol, Auburn, Babe Ruth, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Burbank, California, California Youth Authority, Carmel, Cars & Driving, Chico, Clint Eastwood, Coast Ranges, Construction, Drugs, Electricians, Errol Flynn, Families, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fresno, George S. Patton, George Thomas Clark, Grass Valley, Hollywood, Interstate 5, Los Angeles, Manual Labor, Marijuana, Media, Mental Health, Monterey, Newspapers, Pacific Ocean, Rocklin, Rolling Stones, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, Sierra Nevada, Stephen Stills, Stockton, Television