When I was in high school and college in Davis, California, I participated in pro UFW rallies and heard Cesar speak on a few occasions. His humility and love for the cause left a long lasting impression. I felt a need to participate so I went door to door to collect canned goods for striking farm workers. During these door to door visits I explained the need for the UFW and learned how to stand up to violent oppositon. This was a good lesson and I thank the UFW for creating some back bone! I also picketed Safeway and liquor stores that sold Gallo wine. The managers at Safeway used to come out and take our pictures—presumably to hand over to “higher ups”. We did this weekly in spite of the jeers and intimidation. Whilst picketing a local liqour store we were almost run down by a truck. I was able to jump out of the way in the nick of time! A UC Davis law student with waist long blond hair organized these activities. I can’t remember his name but his enthusiasm and organizational skills inspired all of us.
On the flip side, we were also cheered by people of conscience and I was able to collect a fair amount of food from my neighbors. Davis was a good place to be informed and active and still is. Que viva the UFW and good people everywhere!