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Sons of Zapata

June 3, 2016

On June 1, in 1966, farm workers in Rio Grande City, Texas went on strike against La Casita Farms. The farm laborers made .40 cents an hour and struck for $1.25.

The strike involved 400 workers, lasted 90 days, and culminated with a 490 mile march to the State Capitol in Austin. When the marchers gathered on the State Capitol steps on Labor Day, a total of 15,000 people were there to support their demands for higher wages and better working conditions.

The La Casita strike is said to have been the beginning of the Chicano Movement in Texas.

Please check out the attached document, Sons of Zapata. It is a tremendous photographic history of the Texas farm worker’s strike in 1966.