El Teatro Campesino as Intellectual Forum: Farmworker-Actors in the Fight for Environmental Justice
Author: Erik Wallenberg, Miami Center for Racial Justice
Comment: Sarah Kanouse, Northeastern University
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El Teatro Campesino created dramatic performances engaging their fellow farmworkers in fields and orchards, on picket lines and in union halls, to highlight the crisis of toxic poisoning in their workscape. Beginning with the Delano Grape Strike in 1965, ETC created a collective forum through their “actos” to identify and name the environmental crises they faced alongside fellow farmworkers. Utilizing playscripts paired with interviews and newspaper accounts of performances show how these farmworkers understood the ecology of their working environment, and the methods they used to articulate that relationship and build a movement to change it.
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