Dolores Huerta, Sheehan Cesar Chavez, San Francisco discussed on Forum
Are some players and coaches just too big to fail urban Meyer has won one. National title at high state and to Florida they are. Very reluctant to fire of admire so too big a fail to, successful the failed also factor here that's. Next time on here now here now coming up in half an hour to, eleven, o'clock followed by an hour of the takeaway it's a rebroadcast of non voters Welcome to, forum I'm, Michael Krasny one rarely hears about farm workers rights without also hearing about Cesar Chavez legendary efforts to secure them not so for his organizing partner Dolores Huerta whose contributions to, the labor movement are, equally important she co founded. The union that became the United farm. Workers, coordinated nationwide grape and lettuce boycotts and, the documentary Deloris recognizes her work and her activism Deloris was directed by Peter Brandon I spoke with both, of them last year and I asked where to about the origins. Of the great boycott well. Actually I, I like to. Refer to the fact that when we started the the great boycott a Caesar, wanted to boycott potatoes and I told season season when people think of. Potato they think of Idaho they don't think a California so that is. One argument that one well you want a few more than that and a lot. Of people don't realize just how important you were in. Terms of not only the movement but what the results were that, movement and changes that have occurred you're. Talking about an alliance for example With, feminism at, one point you were very much as a Catholic woman opposed to, abortion and there's a lot about the movie in your relationship. With Gloria Steinem. And you came aboard I mean in terms of choice log I took, a lot of thinking because then at the end of the day we have to realize that if a woman cannot control. Her own body she can't control her own life and this is a very important issue, and, I think that abortion needs to be normalized so that the again the Republicans cannot, get. Keep using that as a as a social sticks speak to confused people and I always liked to quote the Mexican, president Benito, Juarez who said respecting other people's lives is peace and so I had eleven children I want people to respect that also want to speak as somebody else who decides to, have any children it's, all I think this is. A right that women need to have. Because, of the cause and your passion for, the cause you gave up a lot as far as family was concerned and your children in fact speak, in the film about going through some a lot of pain a. Lot of her because her, mother was isn't there their mother was out on the picket lines or their mother was organizing or their mother was devoted to la casa that i think my children turn up by my oldest son p the l. is a doctor ease up a family practice doctor my send a meal as an attorney running for congress and the twenty fifth congressional district down there in the central valley and have a daughter who's a teacher donna who's a nurse you know my daughter marilyn lebron's at y._w._c._a. center and my daughter can mail with my executive director graduated from college and so all my kids are very active and you know they're very politically astute and they survived them home but they go up in the moment and we always had a you know daycare for the kids we had him on a sorry the first day care for farmers could children actually in city california so the kids were never alone but they did give up i get spending time but then they also grew up in the movement they were also very devoted to you when you were looted in my introduction to the fact that you were beaten by a police officer i wonder by the way that officer was ever arrested or ever came to justice No he wasn't in fact I was his fifth victim he had beaten up to the women his wife and his mistress and two African American, men before he beat me up and I don't think he ever had any kind of punishment for that you had your spleen removed you're in the hospital for, months, mean you had. Negra broken, ribs and, the thing that was so, moving with your children were there they were I mean with you. Twenty four hours pretty much anywhere let's talk. To Peter Brad who's also with us director of the Laura's again, it's a documentary about the life of activists Dolores Huerta and actually, less time, Peter Brad was here. He's with his brother Benjamin, many, of you know from his all of his television appearances and movie. Work who also wrote and directed, two thousand nine film lemon. Which took place in, the mission district here in San Francisco what a. Joy to work with Dolores Huerta sure is Michael Dolores wetter and Carlos Santana and Sorrento was your money man here he was but my, also work with an incredible team of San Francisco filmmakers and they are by nature I worked, with a phenomenal editor Jessica cognition archive of producer temperature tally and and. My my brother from another. Mother Brian Benson who was a producer and we should mention Carlos, Santana here because he had a lot to do with this and even talked. About being, by the side of his mother and an. Early demonstration and his mother, was afraid and he said mom you have. To, stand up for causes an omission homeboy so he's he's also San Francisco homeboy. And and it was. Actually he who had this, idea to, tell the, story about the lowest he called up and he he he put a stake in the ground he said I'll, financed the found but we have to do this right now, of course when he said that you know we can foresee this was a five year process we can foresee the current political climate so, I feel like Carl's is a very sensitive artistic soul and he he tuned into something in I'm. Just so, glad that arrive right now. Because we we need this. Film right, now and you got a. Lot of voices in here though, I mean you know a, friend, Luis, Valdez plays a very important part and he, actually saw, Delano when the Lord is leading Sheehan Cesar Chavez leading farmworkers area said this is it you know I know this is what my life had at that point dedicated to Louis a questions the, filmmaker too he's considered the. The godfather of, Chicano, theater La Bomba LA Bamba and Zoot suit and like. You said in the film you know, he he was not an easy follower but he saw of close and insys and Sessa and he said he had no, choice, but to follow him did you consider. You know, the the whole argument, about both sides here I mean did you. Wanna get, the growers in there, because there's, one moment for. Example where a woman says it. Sounds like a frankly ignorant woman she. Says all our workers are happy we have no, labor troubles. You know, it's almost ironic and terrible To hear that kind of voice, but there were some. Thoughtful growers there are some reasonable people who felt that Chavez was pushing? Too hard, or whatever do you wanna capture I felt? Like we represented the, opposition wasn't, just growers also politician, there was governor Reagan at the time. You got, that footage of Reagan few. California's senators who who likened. The equated, the boycott effort has blackmail And really try to discredit the unionisation efforts so I mean we I try to use the archival inevitable but. I think, the with the film shot really. Tries to achieve his is. To chronicle the evolution of this incredible American figure there is a moment where growers are referred to as to rich too powerful to racist. And you get the sense that I mean as you move along the trajectory of the, development of the farm workers movement of, just, how impoverished the lives were these people I mean they were living in terrible conditions. They were wage slaves basically and. Then of course later exposed all those pesticides and how entrenched racism is and how. It impacts everything from? Social policy to economic policy and the irony is eight years ago. When Obama was was sitting in the White House you've heard a lot of. People saying we we live in a post racial society and today You have the outright marching in the streets you know with swastikas in in wearing hoods and you see the. Part of, your pile last week and now. The striking down of Dhaka. Again I think race, is informing a lot of these decisions in these policies well here's another clip since you mentioned President Obama from the. Film that I'd like listeners to hear where there's a discussion of the origin of activists, using a phrase which became very of, course, popular and widespread during the Obama administration see Safeway.