National Boycott

The National Farm Workers' Association Asks You, Please, don't Buy Schenley Liquors and Delano Grapes

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Fifth Estate # 3, January 1966

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Over 4,500 farm workers in Delano, California have been on strike against Delano grape growers since September 8, 1965.

These California farm workers are seeking the rights you take for granted: UNION RECOGNITION and COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. Delano grape growers refuse to recognize and respect these rights.

It is vital to us—consumers and workers—that this strike be settled soon and settled fairly.

Delano grape growers can keep on avoiding their economic and moral responsibilities only because it is profitable for them to do so.

YOU CAN MAKE THIS INJUSTICE UNPROFITABLE—YOU CAN SPEAK FOR JUSTICE!

Support the unity of Mexican-American and Filipino farm workers in the longest strike in California labor history.

AMONG THE BAY AREA SPONSORS ARE

HENRY ANDERSON, Citizens for Farm Labor

DR. THOMAS N. BURBRIDGE, U.C. Medical Center

MARY COLWELL, Catholic Interracial Council

TERENCE CANNON, Editor, The Movement

REV. THOMAS DIETRICH, Howard Presbyterian Church

PETER FRANCK

REV. DONALD GANOUNG, Vicar, Episcopal Church in the Mission District

REV. FRANCIS GEDDES Minister, United Church of Christ

ABEL GONZALES, President, Centro Social Obrero

ROBERT E. GONZALES, Mexican-American Political Association

REV. WAYNE C. HARTMIRE, California Migrant Ministry

FANCHON LEWIS, Temp. Chairman, Bay Area Aid for Bogalusa

EDWARD KEATING, Publisher, Ramparts

KEN McELDOWNEY, Regional staff, Students for a Democratic Society

MIKE MILLER, Field Secretary, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

IGNACIO T. RODRIGUEZ, Recording Secretary Centro Social Obrero

MARY E. SALAZAR, Glide Foundation

BLAIR STAPP, Artists Alliance for Human Rights

NANCY SWADESH

WILFRED USSERY, National 1st Vice President, CORE.

ED DUTTON, Director, California Center for Community Development

REV. ROBERT OLMSTEAD, Shattuck Ave. Methodist Church

BAY AREA FRIENDS OF SNCC

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MISSISSIPPI FREEDOM DEMOCRATIC PARTY, LAWRENCE GUYOT, Chairman

REV. HERMAN FARLOW, Faith Presbyterian Church

REV. LES LARSON, West Oakland Parish

PROF. FRED STRIPP, U.C.

PROF. JOHN LEGGETT, U.C.

An ad-hoc committee of AFL-CIO, ILWU and Teamster leaders Is being formed.

CALL BY FARM WORKERS FOR NATIONAL BOYCOTT

Since September 8, 1965, two farm worker unions, the independent National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee AFL-CIO (AWOC), have been striking the rich and powerful Delano, California grape growers. The workers are striking to gain a just portion of the huge wealth they create. Now that the harvest season is over, the workers need nationwide support to impress the growers with the justice and urgency of their cause.

The strikers are asking for a nationwide consumer boycott against Schenley products and Delano fresh grapes. Inside this MOVEMENT BOYCOTT SUPPLEMENT you will find sample instructions which can be used by persons interested in constructive action.

The principal boycott is aimed at Schenley. This huge corporation farms approximately 4,500 acres of land around Delano. Schenley is the largest producer of wine and other alcoholic products under strike.

When informing your community or organization about the boycott, there is a useful fact to remember: The Delano growers are being aided in business by immense subsidies, many of which are received illegally. Almost the entire water supply for Delano grapes comes from the federally-constructed Friant-Kern Canal. According to federal officials, the total cost to bring this water to the land is $700 an acre. The farms repay $123 per acre; The rest—$577—is pure profit.

In numerous cases—notably Schenley’s—the subsidized water is received in violation of federal regulations.

BOYCOTT CHECK LIST:

SCHENLEY PRODUCTS

DON’T BUY:

Any SCHENLEY Label, plus these brands:

Bourbon

I.W. HARPER

ANCIENT AGE

J.W. DANT

OLD CHARTER

Blends and Scotch

DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL

O.F.C.

MELROSE DIAMOND 12

MACNAUGHTON

ORDER OF MERIT

LONG JOHN

Other hard liquor

CARIOCA rum

CORONET VSQ Brandy

CHERRY HEERING

SEAGERS Gin

COATES PLYMOUTH Gin

SAMOVAR

DELANO GRAPES

A & A

ALL-AMERICAN

ALILA

ANTONE’S QUALITY

BETTER TEST

BLUE FLAG

BLUE RIVER

BONOPHIL

BOUQUET

CAMELOT

CARIC

CASHMERE

COLUMBINE

DELANO GOLD

DELANO KING

DEL-VIN

DIAMONDS

EARLY MART

ELMCO

ELTORO

FLAMINGO

GEE JAY

HIGHLAND

HONEY BEE

HI-STYLE

JINDY

JOVISTA

KENNEY JR.

L BAR L

LOUIS IV

MARUSKA

MZ

MARLIN

MC

MOTHER

MOSES’

MARY-JO

MID-STATE

MR. KK

NEW YORKER

PBI

PIA

PROSPERITY

RADOVITCH

RENNIE

ROY

RODES

ROXIE

ROYAL K

ROYAL DELANO

SALL-n-ANN

SILVER KING

SILVER KNIGHT

SIERRA MOON

SOUVENIER

SCOTSMAN

SPRINGTIME STEADY

SUNVIEW

SUPERSWEET

SUNTEST

STEELE

TABLE QUEEN

THREE BROTH

TRI-VALLEY

TREASURE

TROCHA

TUDOR

TUXEDO PARK

VBZ

VINES BEST

VERKO

VINLAND

ZORA

Send Your Support to The Families Of Strikers

Farm Workers Relief Fund
Box 894
Delano, California

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