Democratic Party Platform of 1972

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Farm Labor

The Sixties and Seventies have seen the struggle for unionization by the poorest of the poor in our country—America’s migrant farm workers.

Under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers have accomplished in the non-violent tradition what was thought impossible only a short time ago. Through hard work and much sacrifice, they are the one group that is successfully organizing farm workers.

Their movement has caught the imagination of millions of Americans who have not eaten grapes so that agribusiness employers will recognize their workers as equals and sit down with them in meaningful collective bargaining.

We now call upon all friends and supporters of this movement to refrain from buying or eating non-union lettuce.

Furthermore, we support the farm workers’ movement and the use of boycotts as a non-violent and potent weapon for gaining collective bargaining recognition and contracts for agricultural workers. We oppose the Nixon Administration’s effort to enjoin the use of the boycott.

We also affirm the right of farm workers to organize free of repressive anti-labor legislation, both state and federal.

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Chicago: "Farm Labor," Democratic Party Platform of 1972 in Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), P.789 Original Sources, accessed January 31, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=858I6I4CTN8PBKL.

MLA: . "Farm Labor." Democratic Party Platform of 1972, in Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), P.789, Original Sources. 31 Jan. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=858I6I4CTN8PBKL.

Harvard: , 'Farm Labor' in Democratic Party Platform of 1972. cited in , Donald B. Johnson, Ed. National Party Platforms, 1840–1976. Supplement 1980. (Champaign-Urbana: University of Illinois), P.789. Original Sources, retrieved 31 January 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=858I6I4CTN8PBKL.