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Don't Buy the Grapes!



Don't Buy the Grapes!

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.41

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     challenging words:    refused, sit-ins, scenario, wage, protest, back-breaking, tactic, fellow, same, beating, meager, victorious, hour, unfair, march, state
     content words:    United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, Cesar Chavez


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Don't Buy the Grapes!
By Erin Horner
  

1     It was the same thing hour after hour: pick more grapes, move to the next vine, pick more grapes. The blazing sun was beating down on my already aching back; its heat reminded me that a cold drink of water, as refreshing as it would be, was out of reach. My fellow farm workers and I were only making one dollar per hour. The wage was not even enough to support my growing family. If I stopped to get even a small sip of water, the growers would charge me for each drink. So I picked on, hour after hour, vine after vine.
 
2     Many California farm workers experienced this exact scenario in 1965. The grape pickers were forced to do back-breaking work for very meager wages. One union decided to protest these practices. Cesar Chavez's union decided to join them. The unions began a strike against the grape growers. Later, the two unions merged and formed the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC).

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