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In 1966, Mexican and Filipino grape pickers in California joined together to strike for better working conditions. Dolores Huerta grew up in California and saw firsthand the poor treatment of migrant farm workers. By 1969, farm workers and community organizers called for a boycott, asking Americans to stop buying grapes until growers agreed to recognize the union and improve working conditions. Dolores Huerta was a leader of the grape boycott and gave this speech in an attempt to rally support.