- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (September 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520251075
- ISBN-13: 978-0520251076
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century 1st Edition
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Starred Review. Bay Area community organizer Shaw (Reclaiming America) examines the enduring influence of the United Farm Workers model of grassroots organization, which he pointedly credits with the majority of labors successes since the 1960s and a wellspring of 21st-century movements for democratic rights. He retells the story of Cesar Chavez and the UFWs unprecedented success in mobilizing a broad coalition as well as winning political clout and material gains for workers through such tactics as boycotts, appeals to spiritual values, fasting and community-centered organizing. Shaw describes a generation of young activists passing through the UFWs crucible of idealism, sacrifice and individual initiative, and into a lifetime of service to social justice causes; indeed, it was the very success of the UFWs campaigns that contributed, ironically, to a gradual power drain on the union in the 1980s. Leading organizers and political strategists like Susan Sachen and Marshall Ganz went on to work for other unions like SEIU or were hired away by mainstream electoral campaigns. Finally, Shaw evaluates the capacities of todays labor movement to build on the UFWs legacy of self-directed, on-the-ground training, political solidarity and far-reaching social idealism. (Jan.)
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I also think the author accomplishes one of his stated goals, which was to canonize the important work of these UFW activists - work I would've never known about had I not read this book. The breadth and depth of information uncovered by the author is unbelievable. An all-around excellent read.