A brisk breeze accents the sunlight in Delano, CA this Sunday in March 1966. I am in town
to photograph with striking grape pickers. “With” is the operative word. I am neither a news
nor a documentary photographer. I am an advocate. An organizer with a camera. On this day,
Cesar Chavez is leading some 200 farm workers around a city park — sort of a warm up for
the 3-week pilgrimage to Sacramento which will begin in a few days. With my 3 cameras I
easily weave in and out of the marching ranks of workers. Shooting close up, wide angle
photos. Many of these  workers are already my amigos for I began photographing with
some of them years before — and on the grape strike since the previous September... I
stride out in front of the marchers, then backward in step with them. “Sí se puede. Sí se
puede” ... In a few minutes: “Click.” Universal magic meshes into one collective synchronized
moment — their movement, my movement. Their expressions, my angle. The breeze,
my shutter.  “¡CLICK!”  We — grape pickers, Big Mama’s breeze, my camera and I —
have created La Huelga’s quintessential image of hope & solidarity, which will be
replicated in films, textbooks and posters around the world to this day. 

This photo mural is larger than life,  5.5’x 8’, in the multimedia, bilingual installation
now in Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley, until May 1, 2006