Francisco Martinez with United Farm Workers of America

During the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez March that took place in San Juan Texas, I met Francisco Martinez. He wore a United Farm Workers red shirt covered with Cesar Chavez pins. One pin reads “Until the Ink is Dry on the Contracts, Don’t buy grapes & Gallo.” It makes reference to the boycotts that were proposed by farm workers as a way to promote solidarity with their cause.

As a young man, Francisco marched with Cesar Chavez in California. On the same shirt covered with pins, he wore a badge that mentions the 1st Constitutional Convention that took place on September of 1973 in Fresno, California.

As a veteran of United Farm Workers, he recalls that the color blue should never be worn or used by sympathizers of the workers’ cause while participating in their events. “Never use it in a flag or in a shirt that has the symbol of the Union” he said. The reason for this is that people who opposed the workers’ cause would wear blue colored clothing during workers’ demonstrations.

Francisco Martinez Farm Worker

Francisco Martinez with UFW at the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez March in San Juan, Texas. March 29, 2014.

Francisco Martinez Farm Worker

Francisco Martinez with UFW at the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez March in San Juan, Texas. March 29, 2014.

Francisco Martinez Farm Worker

Francisco Martinez with UFW at the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez March in San Juan, Texas. March 29, 2014.

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