16. Delano Grape Strike, 1965-70
To fight against the exploitation of farm workers, the Delano Grape Strike – a labour strike by a predominantly Filipino labour organization Agricultural Workers Organization Committee (AWOC) – was launched against the grape growers in Delano, California, on September 8, 1965. A week later, the Mexican National Farmworkers Association (NWFA) joined the strike.
Notable for effective implementation of boycotts and an unseen partnership between Filipino and Mexican farm workers (the AWOC and NWFA later joined to form United Farm Workers organizing committee), the strikes – lasting five years – resulted in the victory and unionization of farm workers, thereby revolutionizing the farm labour movement in the United States of America.