Guide to the UFW Canadian Boycott: Toronto Office Audio-Visual Collection LAV002473

Date Written:  08/07/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Unclassified
Cx Number:  CX23021

The UFW Canadian Boycott was part of a series of U.S. nation-wide boycotts that the United Farm Workers spearheaded during the mid 1960s and 1970s. These boycotts alerted the national consumer of the grape and lettuce strikes that had erupted in California, Texas, Arizona and other states. The main duties of the Toronto Boycott office were to enlist support for the striking farm workers by soliciting donations, spreading information and organizing marches and rallies.

Abstract:  One of the largest boycott offices in Canada was located in Toronto.

Boycott activities were focused mainly in the Toronto area, however there were coordinated activities in cities in other Canadian provinces.

Coordinated by Bill Masterson, Jessica Govea, Marshall Ganz and others, the Toronto boycott staff and volunteers, including church and student groups, led a successful campaign against the sale and shipment of non-union grapes in Canada.

The audio-visual collection consists of a number of posters, bumper stickers, audio tapes and a few
photographs that document UFW activities in Toronto during the time of the UFW Grape Boycott in the
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