Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 5, 1973 · Page 23
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24 Galgsbufg Register-Moil, Golasburfl,JJ1,_ Thursday, July 5, 1973 Religious Liberals Turn to Migrant Field Hand Cause ; By DAVID E. ANDERSON WASHINGTON (UP!) After it frustrating decade of marching In the streets for civil Washington Window rights and agairat the war in Vietnam, religious liberals are turning their social activist attention to the cause of America's migrant field workers. Liberals are attempting to enlist the support of their churches behind the twofold struggle of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union: The struggle between the Bus Driver Escapes Death From Gun-Toting Hijacker FarniRoad 1199 at the foot of Elm Creek Bridge a mile southwest of Lindsay. LINDSAY, Tex. (UPI) - Bus driver Eddie Holland's only passengers were a man and a woman. The woman got off downtown, but the man pulled a gun and demanded to be taken to Oklahoma. Once on the freeway, Holland said, the man asked: "How far is it to Oklahoma?" It was about 75 miles, Holland said, and the busjack- er, about 25 years old, said that's where he wanted to go. At Gainesville, about 5 miles south of the state line, the hijacker directed the bus off on a side road. At a bridge spanning a small creek, he told Holland to get off the bus and walk to the waiter's edge. "You know too much about me," tiie hijacker said as they slid down to the creek bed. But that was the last thing Holland heard, for at that moment the gunman slipped and fell. "I ran like hell and got away," Holland said. "I got back to the road and saw this man harvesting his crops. He took me to his house and we called the police." The hijacker escaped. State police recovered the bus on union and growers to organize farmworkers and the increas ingly violent struggle between the UFW and the Teamsters Union for jurisdiction over the workers. Late in June, the president of the National Council of Churches set the tone in a call "to the American community and especially to the religious community" to support the UFW "in their struggle for justice." Dr. W. Sterling Cary, president of the NCC, said the UFW- Bike Parade Set July 4 in Raritan RARITAN — Raritan July 4 celebrations will include a bicycle parade at 2 p.m. with prizes being given to the best decorated bicycle and rider. Children through the eighth grade may participate. The volunteer firemen are ako sponsoring their celebration on July 4. The Priscilla Circle of the Reformed Church will hold a picnic July 12 at the Stronghurst park or, in case of rain, at the dlring room of the church. Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Brokaw and daughter, near Chicago, were recent weekend visitors in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Brokaw. Mr. and Mrs. Everett McKeowen and children, Indiana, were weekend guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Bailey and Debbie. Teamster dispute is "not only a union jurisdictional controversy nor simply a struggle of Cesar Chaves (but is) a serious effort by the United Farm Workers to make the American system work for the poor and dispossessed." Lettuce Pickets Organized Cary and several United Church of Christ leaders left the denomination's convention to join UFW picket lines in California's Coachella Valley, in response to a telegram from Chavez asking help from the religious community to keep the UFW-Teamster conflict nonviolent. At the end of June, 30 Teamsters Union members were arrested near Bakersfield, Calif., after they allegedly attacked a group of United Farm Workers pickets with two4>y-two grape stakes. Chavez contends that there have been other incidents of violence along the picket line. Chavez and the UFW have been organizing the mostly migrant field workers since 1965. After winning strikes against grape growers—aided by a national grape boycott organized in part by church members—the UFW began to organize lettuce pickets. 'Sweetheart' Contracts Signed However, when the contracts the UFW had won with the table grape growers expired, the Western Conference of Teamsters moved into farm­ worker organization by signing what Chavez calls "sweetheart" contracts with the majority of growers. ! Msgr. George G. Higgins, one of the most knowledgeable churchmen in the field of labor relations, called the Teamsters' move "one of the darkest and most shameful days in American labor history." In response Chavez and the UFW called a strike in an attempt to block the harvest of table grapes in the Coachella Valley. It is this strike for which the churches are attempting to mobilize support Most religious bodies so far have been taking the more conventional approach of passing resolutions endorsing the grape and lettuce boycotts—the UFW's primary tactic to put muscle into their strike—and urging their constituencies to join the boycott. Resolutions, however, are meaningless without action. The test for the religious social activists Will be whether their resolutions can be turned into action on the picket line and in the mobilisation of their protest-weary troops to support the boycott. At Lindstrom # s SPECIAL LOWER PRICES On All TOP 20 BEST SELLING LP RECORD ALBUMS 1. LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD —George Harrison —Paul Simon 2. < THERE GOES RHYMIN' SIMON —George Harrison —Paul Simon 3. .RED ROSE SPEEDWAY 4. —Paul McCartney & Wings 4. THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON -Pink Floyd 5. NOW AND THEN -Pink Floyd HOUSES OF THE HOLY —Carpenters 6. HOUSES OF THE HOLY —Led Zeppelin 7. 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