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Published on Aug 5, 2008
Written and produced by Melissa Mergner, a 15-year-old high school student, Speaking Truth to Power -- The Story of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, is a short documentary about labor rights activist Baldemar Velasquez and the organization he founded in Ohio in the 1970s. The son of migrant farm workers and influenced by mentors Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, Velasquez has devoted his life to changing wages and working conditions for farm workers. His organization FLOC represented farm workers in the labor actions against large corporations such as Campbell's, Heinz, and Mt. Olive Pickles. The film intersperses interviews with Velasquez with archival footage as well as photos of farm workers and working conditions in Ohio and North Carolina. Soundtrack by Richard Drueding.