News report from Salinas (California) on December 11th 1970 featuring
speeches and interviews with religious leaders including Father Eugene Boyle of the Sacred Heart Church at Fillmore and Fell Street in San Francisco, who declare their
support for César Chávez and the farm workers movement. Rabbi
Tannenbaum from New York City associates the boycott of Bud Antle Inc.
with the American people’s insistence on the right to
self-determination: “We support it on the basis of this being a very
profound cultural and social thing that is happening in American life,
as well as a specific labor question.” Unemployed farm workers are seen
maintaining a vigil outside the Salinas jail where César Chávez is
being held for refusing to end the boycott. One of them is interviewed
and explains how a contract between agricultural growers and workers
will improve job security. Workers also discuss the practical
implications of non-violence. Later that night a Catholic priest leads
a mass vigil for Chávez outside the jail.
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