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Viva Brother Nagi from Kerning Cultures

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Nagi Daifallah was a young farm worker from Yemen who moved to California in the early 1970s when he was just 20 years old. He went on to become one of the organizers of the infamous 1973 grape strike in California, led by Cesar Chavez. But one night in 1973, after a day of striking he was beaten to death by a local county sheriff outside a restaurant in Lamont, California. Although the sheriff who killed him never faced justice, Nagi’s story – and the movement he helped organize – went on to make real change to farm workers’ rights in America, and continues to inspire Yemeni American activists today.

This story originally aired on Kerning Cultures, a podcast telling stories from across the Middle East and North Africa and the spaces in between.

Image Credit: Kerning Cultures


  • Neama Alamri, Author Long Live the Arab Worker: A Transnational History of Labor and Empire in the Yemeni Diaspora
  • Marc Grossman, Cesar Chavez’s long time Press Secretary, Speech Writer, Personal Aid
  • Ray Cordova, Union Organizer in Orange County California


Music Credits:

  • Soundstripe, Artilist, Epidemic Sound


Making Contact Staff:

  • Host: Salima Hamirani
  • Interim Executive Director: Jessica Partnow
  • Staff Producers: Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani


Author: Radio Project

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