Farm Workers Organizing Committee President Raj Chouhan stands in front of vandalized storefront office window, April 1, 1980. Sean Griffin photo, Image MSC160-520_17, courtesy Pacific Tribune Photo Collection, Simon Fraser University Library.
On his way home from a banquet celebrating the union’s first certification at Jensen Mushroom Farm in July, CFU Organizer Sarwan Boal was savagely beaten. Image Photos-092. Canadian Farmworkers Union Collection, Simon Fraser University Library .

Ten days after formation of the Canadian Farmworkers’ Union (CFU), bat-wielding thugs attacked the home of vice-president Jawala Singh Grewal, smashing windows and trashing his pickup truck. Founding organizers Raj Chouhan and Sarwan Boal both recalled incidents of threats and physical violence from farmers while organizing with the union.


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