The FBI's dossier on Chávez was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which contains provisions that allowed the FBI to withhold portions of the documents from public view. Indeed, many parts—and in some cases, entire pages—have been excised from the files. Nevertheless, the collection provides a compelling window into the efforts of the farmworker movement, as well as the values and methods of the FBI itself.
This series of memos, from December 1970 and January 1971, detail United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) demonstrations at military facilities in protest of the Department of Defense's (DOD) continued purchase and use of lettuce picked by non-union workers.
In a memo dated December 23, 1970, a source informed the FBI that members of the UFWOC carried out a demonstration at the river entrance of the Pentagon. Another memo, dated January 13, 1971, reported that the UFWOC had scheduled a demonstration at Fort Lewis, a U.S. Army facility near Tacoma, Washington, on January 14. In the final memo, dated January 11, 1971, a source said that protesters affiliated with the UFWOC had picketed at the gates of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, and passed out leaflets concerning the lettuce boycott.