On This Day in IUPUI History: April 29, 1987

April 29, 1987. 

On this day, Cesar Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers Union, spoke on the IUPUI campus in the Union Building. His topic was the exposure to toxic pesticides that farm workers who picked fruits and vegetables in the fields regularly experienced. As well as discussing the health of farm workers, he also asserted that farm workers had rights and called for food boycotts to pressure growers to protect workers' health and rights.

Chavez came to IUPUI as a result of his collaboration with IUPUI Department of Anthropology professor Kenneth Barger, who in previous years had produced studies documenting the impacts on farm-workers' healths from exposure to pesticides sprayed on crops. Barger worked closely with Chavez over the years.

Updated Apr 29, 2019 by Editor Name Missing