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Leave Gallo For The Rats
Maker: Méchicano Art Center; Armando Cabrera
Date Made: 1973
Place Made: North America: United States; California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 73.1 cm x 57.8 cm; 28 3/4 in x 22 3/4 in
Main Subject: United Farm Workers; Labor; Viet Nam War Era; Chicano/Latino
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Join the United Farm Workers AFL-CIO Leave Gallo for the Rats! Gallo UFW 213-381-1136
Acquisition Number: 1993-149
The rat is very similar to a rat used in a famous poster from the student strike posters in Paris 1968, and may have been adapted by Mechicano. Frankie Jimenez, a kid from the barrio, helped on this poster, also another child Carmen (male) (source: UCLA Fowler Exhibition catalogue).
Public domain; used by CSPG with permission.
From 1973-1979, the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), led by Cesar Chávez and Dolores Huerta, called for a boycott of E.& J. Gallo Winery, claiming the winery exploited its vineyard workers in Sonoma County, provided low wages, and no benefits. The boycott against Gallo was part of a campaign that included lettuce and field grapes. That boycott ended in 1978, after the UFW won a string of union elections held under California's then-new Agricultural Labor Relations Act. In 2005, the boycott was resumed when Gallo refused to provide health coverage for its workers. This boycott ended in 2011.