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The Tejano DiasporaMexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin$
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Marc Simon Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834640

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877661_rodriguez

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Activism across the Diaspora: The Tejano Farmworker Movement in Wisconsin

Activism across the Diaspora: The Tejano Farmworker Movement in Wisconsin

(p.60) 3 Activism across the Diaspora: The Tejano Farmworker Movement in Wisconsin
The Tejano Diaspora

Marc Simon Rodriguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on twenty-two-year-old Jesus Salas, a college student and the son of a migrant contractor and restaurant owner from Crystal City, Texas. Salas organized a “March on Madison” to bring attention to the problems of Wisconsin's migrant farmworkers. This was the third farmworker march of the year. In March, the fledgling National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) had led a march from Delano, California, to Sacramento, and put the plight of the farmworker on the national agenda. In June, Father Antonio Gonzalez, a Catholic priest whose family annually traveled to the cucumber harvest area of Wautoma, Wisconsin, had led a march of La Casita Farms workers from Starr County, Texas, to the capitol at Austin. The NFWA sponsored these two earlier events with funding from the afl-cio in an effort to build a national farmworkers union.

Keywords:   Jesus Salas, Crystal City, Texas, March on Madison, Wisconsin's migrant farmworkers, Farm Workers Association, NFWA

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