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Organizing Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers

The Experience of Puerto Ricans in New Jersey


Gloria Bonilla-Santiago

This book discusses and examines the organizational effectiveness of CATA (Comité de Apoyo a Trabajadores Agrícolas), a Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers organization, in New Jersey. It focuses on the relationship between change in organizational structure and effectiveness of the Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers movement as it underwent development. The author concludes that the Puerto Rican migrant farmworkers organizing movement is characterized as a migrant farmworker proletarian formation. The movement has historically shown conflict between democracy and centralism, theory and practice, and nationalism and paternalism.
This study serves as a successful model for organizing migrant farmworkers in this country.
Contents: «Organizing Puerto Rican Migrant Farmworkers» is not a simple story of CATA. It is an analysis of the process and potentiality of farmworkers organizing and their ability to provide their group with an opportunity to change at least a small portion of the world in which they live.