Children in union meetings 

Children in union meetings 

Four boys attending a meeting at Filipino Hall, Delano, 1966. Photo by Emmon Clarke.

As an organizer, César Chávez learned through his work at the Community Service Organization (CSO) to emphasize that the UFW was not an organization of men, but of men, women, and children.

Senator Robert F. Kennedy sits and applauds at Filipino Hall. Virgilio Cabañas, sits and looks up at him. In the background, Tina Guzman and Eugene “Gene” Dahlig stand. Delano, March 16, 1966. Photo by John Kouns.

A child sleeps, resting her head on a metal chair at Filipino Hall. Delano, ca 1966. Photo by Emmon Clarke.

Jessica Govea recalls the impact of this kind of organization when she was a child and her parents were active members of CSO: “We all went to the meetings,” she said. “The children didn’t speak up in the meetings, but we heard, and we saw how our parents worked with other people who were like them.”


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