Monday, April 2, 2012

Farm worker union collecting 50 years of stories

Union seeks stories of individuals who participated with the UFW over the past 50 years.

In preparing to observe the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers, an effort has been launched through a unique interactive web site, to record the stories of thousands of men, women and children who participated over five historic decades with Cesar Chavez and the UFW.

The goal is to collect the stories of how millions of Americans—17 million adults, according to a 1975 nationwide poll—rallied to the farm workers’ cause, of which many continue to support it.

“We need your help to reach out and collect these accounts,” says Dylan Anderson, a member of the UFW’s Communications Team.  “Many of our members and supporters have been active helping Cesar Chavez' UFW over the years and we want reach them to ensure we can document their stories.”

The stories do not need to be about a momentous event, but rather the countless every-day acts of support and selflessness that allowed the farm workers to succeed against great odds. The UFW wants to acknowledge all people whose important contributions are too often ignored or forgotten, and preserve these stories, making them available for future generations.

The unique capabilities of the website allows individuals to share their accounts and others’ stories on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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