4. The Delano Grape Strike
The Delano Grape Strike lasted from 1965-70. In 1965 The Farm Worker’s Association joined Filipino workers to protest Delano, California wine and grape growers’ poor pay and working conditions. As the strikes went on for over two years, some protesters began talking about resorting to violence as a way to speed things up. Dedicated to pacifism, Chavez began his first fast (25 days) in 1968 as a way to inspire and recommit the workers to keeping it non-violent.