Onion Strike

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Onion Strike During the year 1979 a group of Mexican American farm workers organized a strike to protest poor wages and bad working conditions in Raymondville, Texas. Raymondville was known for its agricultural area and it was also known as the onion capital of the world. Mexican Americans realized they were being treated poorly and that they were Americans as well and had the exact same rights as the whites who were living at Raymondville. Juanita Valdez was one of the leaders in charge of the onion strike. She thinks there was change in the community and that they were successful with the strike because it marked the birth of a political movement. The people from Raymondville knew they needed change in their life’s and had to do something about it so they organized strikes that either helped Raymondville for the better or for the worse.
The strikes affected the people from Raymondville in the long run instead of helping them. The leaders who organized the strikes were Tony Andrea and Juanita Valdez and they believe the strike was won in their favor, but many local residents such as Thomas Rains a former Raymondville school board member stated “The strike crippled the onion business that fueled much of the local economy.” Willacy County used to be the main county as far as onions are concerned and it was all lost after the onion strikes protest. Instead of bringing progress towards the community it decreased job opportunities to Mexican Americans. As of result of protesting against the onion agriculture industry many Mexicans Americans ended without a job and had to migrate and leave Raymondville behind. This strike instead of helping the city ruined its economy on some type of way and caused many jobs to disappear. (Valle) As of result of Mexican Americans protesting the growers still had to continue their production of onions, so they would bring workers…...

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