Churches: Victory in the Vineyards

Wearing rosaries and carrying a sequined banner that pictured the Virgin of Guadalupe, along with crudely lettered union slogans, 100 Mexican-American grape pickers last week finished a monthlong, 300-mile march of penance and protest through California's Central Valley from Delano to Sacramento. Marching with them were Roman Catholic priests and nuns and Protestant ministers, and the mood of the demonstrators was triumphant. For shortly before the protesters reached the state capital, they had won recognition of their embryonic union, the National Farm Workers Association, from Schenley Industries Inc., which owns about...