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Adios Amor Trailer

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One, two, three... One, two, three... In the 1960s, in the richest agricultural land on the planet some of its poorest workers waged a fight for a better life. This was the forgotten fight. Years before national boycotts and media attention. And on its front line was a migrant mother. She worked on the fields, raised 12 children and made her way in a world dominated by men. I came across her photograph by accident, when looking for someone more famous. And, there she was, looking steadily at the camera. A small group of artists, activists and writers had documented her struggle. María Moreno, organizer for the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee. Late 50's, early 60's. So, I have a lot of things to say on agriculture work The way we work, the way we suffer –not just me. I can show you the places, and show the people, the way we been treated. She had no more than one or two years of formal education. But she was fearless Here's what she said in a speech: I am María Moreno, 40 years old, mother of 12 children. Since 1928, I start working in agriculture work. I know how to handle a man's job like a man and I am not ashamed to say it. I am American citizen and I am talking for justice. I thought I saw this truck coming down and I thought it was the Mexican Hillbillies She had this raft of kids and she was taking them around to union meetings and so forth, like that. And her husband usually did the driving and she did the sleeping while on the road. How many were there altogether? 12 or 14. We were a very proud family, you know. We might have been poor, but there was a lot of um 'umph!' into everything we did. María, how long have you been in California? –Since 1940. And you've been doing farm work all the time? ¬–Farm worker all the time. Are you working right now? –Yes, I'm working. I'm picking oranges. You made $114 dollars for the day, for the four of you? -No, for a week. For a week? -Yes. If I had made $114 dollars a day I don't have to worry about nothing. She taught us how to do everything. She was an amazing woman. She was hard at times, but it served us right. Because this is what we are today. Because of her. The driving force in her life and the thing which gave her the courage to go before the public in these ways was her concern for her children. And many of them had suffered greatly during the years. That's my son, 19. He went plumb blind for three days. That's because he hadn't eaten anything. That comes because we don't have nobody to hear us. I'm talking you the truth. She was aggressive. I mean, she wasn't afraid to say whatever she had to say. And she was good. I mean, she was a good advocate for workers. María Moreno and her people would just go out and throw a picket line up and say: 'we'll go away after you give us a raise.' And she would not back off. María Moreno was a pain in the ass. And I assume that's why they got rid of her. And then one day she disappeared. And I don't know what happened. I remember her putting us in a little Falcon, old Falcon and blankets in the back, and we fell asleep. And, when I woke up, we woke up and, we're in the middle of the desert. Like there...nothing. When María arrived in the desert, she drew a circle in the sand, telling her children they'd be safe inside it. At the border, she started a ministry for migrants heading north on their Trail of Tears. The road is our home, she said. The ground is our table. This is the way the agricultural worker lives. For more information about Adios Amor:

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Duration: 4 minutes and 57 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Laurie Coyle
Director: Laurie Coyle
Views: 190
Posted by: mihistoria on Feb 20, 2014

Adios Amor Trailer

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