Monday, August 23, 2010

Didn't Know!

The same week Marshal Ganz and Fred Ross brought all the Prop 14 volunteers to Hart Memorial Park, on the outskirts of Bakersfield. For three days they held court along the Kern River, interviewing volunteers, ostensibly to reassign them. The direct order was to root out the assholes,,Chavez's term of choice for traitors, disloyalists, leftist agitators, and spies."

Miriam Pawel, The Union of Their Dreams

I didn't know the stalinization story of the United Farm Workers, replete with purges,violence, and the sinister antics of Synanon and the "Game." Even good guys carried out some of the dirty business in the early days, and then fell prey to similar accusations and the inevitable purging. At the same time, there's a wonderful substory about worker control of the movement, fields, and the union.

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