Cesar Chavez

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"The Pittsburgh boycott campaign"

The Pittsburgh boycott campaign

I don’t remember how my family first became involved in the UFW’s organizing efforts, but my 3 siblings and parents became quite active in the promotion of the boycott in the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) area.  Barbara Macri was one of the organizers who traveled from California; I remember that she worked tirelessly.  She would shuttle us all over the place to billboard and leaflet in her old station wagon.  I can still picture her pulling leaflets and signs from the back of her car.  Local celebrities, including Franco Harris, involved in fundraising and other public events.  I remember one occasion when Cesar Chavez came to town for an event.  I got to meet him (very briefly - pretty much a handshake and a hello) - quite a thrill!  Those were such memorable times with amazing activists!