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Forward By Cesar Chavez

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Sydney Smith, long a participant in the effort to wrest a modicum of justice for farm workers, has analyzed here the growth of the National Council of Churches’ Migrant Ministry and its expanding self-understanding of ministry to the poor.

This historic alliance which was forged between the faith community and the farm workers under the leadership of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union of America resulted in the nationwide grape boycott and improvements in the conditions and pay of the migrant farm workers. This is a memorable narrative of the history of the movement up through the grape strike, plus a theological analysis of why churches came to this position.