Modesto to Manteca, April 2

Modesto to Manteca, April 2

Marchers heading to Sacramento, including three nuns, traverse a bridge in Ripon between Modesto and Manteca, carrying the Virgin of Guadalupe-NFWA banner and the American flag. Ripon, California, April 2, 1966. Photo by John Kouns.

On April 2, a caravan of more than 50 vehicles, coordinated by unions from San Francisco and San Jose, accompanied the march as it departed from Modesto. Nearly 100 additional supporters from the San Francisco Bay Area, including representatives from the Santa Clara Interfaith Committee for Social Justice and Painters Local 4 of San Francisco, joined the march. Altogether, nearly 400 individuals participated in the day’s journey, marking the largest group thus far. William Kircher, the AFL-CIO’s organizing director, also drove to Modesto where he decided to transfer AWOC’s funds and headquarters from Stockton to Delano under the direction to Larry Itliong, declaring this way his intent to support NFWA’s affiliation with the AFL-CIO. (Go to Day 18)


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