Cesar Chavez

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"A Good Time Was Had by All"

In 1973, I worked as a para-legal and office manager for the Legal Department in Delano.  It was the hardest I have ever worked.  We got up between 3-5 a.m. to go out to the fields for picket duty.  After a few hours, we would head to the office (or Court whenever we had a hearing).  We worked through to about 6 p.m., took time for dinner and then often we would head out to interview members and take statements in support of whatever legal actions we were taking in court.  Other than my work in the office, almost everything was in a language that was rather unfamiliar to me.  But I learned quickly.  By the end of summer, I was able to give reports from the Legal Department to the membership at weekly Union meetings - in Spanish - whenever the lawyers were out of town.  I spent about nine months, living in a trailer behind the house the lawyers (Barbara Rhine and Peter Haberfeld) were renting in Earlimart and it was glorious from morning ‘til night.