From the Vault focuses this week on a 1995 documentary about the United Farm Workers Union called The Flight of the Eagle. Produced by Chuy Varela from archival footage collected by Pacifica over the previous thirty years, this radio retrospective examines the evolution of the UFW from a local organization which mostly championed farm workers into a civil rights organization which fights for issues affecting the larger Latino community. The Flight of the Eagle gauges the impact of the 1965 Delano Strike and Dolores Huerta’s critical role in developing the UFW, the death of Cesar Chavez on the union, and the current challenges ahead for the organization.
From the Vault is presented through the Pacifica Radio Archives Preservation and Access Project, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, past grants from the Grammy Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the American Archive funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, along with the generous support of Pacifica Radio Listeners.
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