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Sam Baca Oral History Interview

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Sam Baca grew up in Santa Fe NM and started college at the University of Michigan in 1970. In 1973, the United Farmworkers of America (UFWA) launched a nationwide boycott in the 20 largest grape markets in the US.  Politicized by the success of the Farmworkers’ first boycott, Baca directed the Detroit boycott along with his classmate, Arturo Rodriguez (current President of UFWA). Using community organizing tactics to build support for the boycott, organizers held house meetings and grocery picket lines to build the movement. Baca and his family’s personal connection to Cesar Chavez (UFWA leader) and Chavez’s  family provide a powerful history of the UFWA Labor story. Interview by Diane Pinkey.

The Working People's History of New Mexico Project (WPHNM) is an oral labor history project created to gather the labor stories of working people in New Mexico. While part of the interviews focus on the specific jobs that the interviewees performed, the interviews also explore labor-management relations as well as union, workers council, and social activism participation.  The interviews contain information about family and social relationships and offer themes of social and historical interest in New Mexico and the US.


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