Are Fruitsellers Taking A Chance With Your Health [with] Don't Shop In Stores That Sell Table Grapes [wall poster and associated flyer for the Delano Grape Boycott, ca. 1969]. AMERICA LATINA - UNITED FARM WORKERS.

Are Fruitsellers Taking A Chance With Your Health [with] Don't Shop In Stores That Sell Table Grapes [wall poster and associated flyer for the Delano Grape Boycott, ca. 1969]

Dorchester, MA: United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, N.d. (ca 1969). Two pieces of related ephemera promoting the first successful strike by Latino farm workers in American history, organized by the United Farm Workers under the leadership of Cesar Chavez. The strike began in 1965 and was soon backed up with a hugely successful boycott campaign, in which Chavez organized Mexican-American and Filipino-American workers to travel the country describing horrific working conditions and, perhaps more importantly, the unregulated use of harmful pesticides by grape-growers. By 1970 the strikers succeeded in winning their first contract with California grape growers, and by 1972 the US Food and Drug Administration had banned the use of the pesticide DDT, which had been linked to genetic diseases in both human beings and wild animal populations. The two items here, both produced by the Dorchester, Massachusetts branch of the UFW, were likely intended for distribution and display at grocery stores – they are clearly aimed at middle-class consumers, warning shoppers of the harmful effects of DDT and making only secondary mention of wages and working conditions. Neither the poster nor the flyer separately catalogued in OCLC. Two printed pieces, including mimeographed handbill, 11" x 8-1/2" and offset-printed wall poster, 14" x 20". Poster with original folds; mild creasing to corners of both pieces; Very Good or better.

Price: $200.00

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