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“WHY DO FARMWORKERS HAVE TO LIVE IN CAMPS?
 

WHO SAID THEY HAVE TO LIVE IN CAMPS?”

– Luis Valdez
 
Photo by John Kouns (c.1965)
 
Luis Valdez – 1965  founder/director of El Teatro Campesino, playwright, actor and later a Hollywood movie director – grew up in a farmworker migrant family who lived in labor camps, a tent, and in their car while trying to eke out a living harvesting the crops. 
 
In the 1968 documentary film “HUELGA” – written and directed by academy award filmmaker, Jonathan Harris –  Valdez delivered the most searing indictment ever recorded about the slave-like conditions of migrant farmworkers and the crushing living conditions of farm labor camps.
See: http://farmworkermovement.org/media/video/players/valdez_monologue.swf
 
 
 
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