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February 11, 1903


Japanese and Mexican laborers unite to form the Japanese-Mexican Labor Association to fight the labor contractor responsible for hiring at the American Beet Sugar Company in Oxnard, California.  They refused to work until their grievances were addressed and by the first week in March, over 90% of the county’s beet industry labor force had joined the JMLA, bringing the sugar industry to a standstill.  The laborers ultimately won most of their demands.


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