Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker…

Paperback | September 27, 2010

byMarshall Ganz

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Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor - a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers began to strike under the aegis of the AFL-CIO, the UFW soon joined the action with 2,000 Mexican workers and turned the strike into a civil rights struggle. They engaged in civil disobedience, mobilized support from churches and students, boycottedgrowers, and transformed their struggle into La Causa, a farm workers' movement that eventually triumphed over the grape industry's Goliath. Why did they succeed? How can the powerless challenge the powerful successfully? Offering insight from a longtime movement organizer and scholar, Ganzillustrates how they had the ability and resourcefulness to devise good strategy and turn short-term advantages into long-term gains. Authoritative in scholarship and magisterial in scope, this book constitutes a seminal contribution to learning from the movement's struggles, set-backs, andsuccesses.

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Why David Sometimes Wins tells the story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers' groundbreaking victory, drawing important lessons from this dramatic tale. Since the 1900s, large-scale agricultural enterprises relied on migrant labor - a cheap, unorganized, and powerless workforce. In1965, when some 800 Filipino grape workers bega...

Marshall Ganz joined Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in 1965, where he worked for 16 years, and has since continued work with grassroots organizations to design voter-mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns, most recently with Barack Obama. Ganz is currently Lecturer in Public Policy at Har...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 27, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Abbreviations1. Introduction: How David Bear Goliath2. Beginnings: Immigrants, Radicals, and the AFL (1900-1959)3. New Opportunities, New Initiatives: AWOC, Teamsters, and the FWA (1959-1962)4. A Storm Gathers: Two Responses (1963-1965)5. The Great Delano Grape Strike (1965-1966)6. Meeting the Counterattack: DiGiorgio, the Teamsters, and UFWOC (1966)7. Launching a New Union (1966-1967)EpilogueAppendixNotesReferencesIndex

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"Through unforgettable and compelling stories, Marshall Ganz convincingly shows how we need not wait for the right time in history, but how we can all participate in making history together and how the resources to do so can be found in one another. Why David Sometimes Wins will enter thecanon of readings on social change. Get this book. Read it. Use it!" --Gerald Torres, co-author of The Miner's Canary