College of Liberal Arts


Ethnic Studies Department

Degree Name

BA in Comparative Ethnic Studies




Victor Valle


The primary goal of this project was to transcribe a 2010 interview with Raul Ceja, a resident of Santa Maria, California who had been a member of the Local 1222 of the Laborers International Union of North America. The interviewee Raul Ceja was born in Guadalupe, California, raised in Nipomo, and was a current resident of Santa Maria, California at the time of the interview. Raul Ceja is known locally and respected for facilitating the United Farm Workers Union’s establishment throughout the Central Coast. The significance of Raul Ceja’s interview is that he has personal reflections and perspectives on controversies specific to the Central Coast, thus providing an example of counter-memory that gives us an alternative and previously suppressed account to the established knowledge that has been propagated by those individuals and institutions with greater power.