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Peter, Paul and Mary Help Workers

March 20, 1998

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (AP) _ Live folk tunes were blowin’ in the wind across the strawberry fields of Watsonville, where Peter, Paul and Mary lent their voices to help organize pickers.

``Puff the Magic Dragon,″ ``Deportee,″ ``Somos el Barco,″ ``We Shall Overcome″ and ``Blowin’ in the Wind″ were among the tunes the trio _ Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers _ sang Thursday at a warmup for a concert in Santa Cruz later in the day.

The performance came 30 years after the trio sang at New York’s Carnegie Hall for the United Farm Workers of America during its strike against Central Valley grape growers.

On Thursday, they joined the fight to improve working conditions for California’s 20,000 strawberry workers, many working in the Watsonville area.

Peter, Paul and Mary chatted with fans, then sang an impromptu song. They later visited a San Andreas labor camp built in the 1950s and condemned for closure.

``We’ve seen the conditions of the strawberry workers, and we’ll continue to be here for the struggle,″ Yarrow said.

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