Labor and civil rights activities
Kight was active in many political, civil rights, and labor rights groups. As early as the 1940s, he was involved in organizing the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union. After moving to Los Angeles, he kept up his involvement in varied rights groups. This work led to the first protest groups he himself founded: the "Dow Action Committee" in 1967. The Committee protested the chemical company, including its production of Agent Orange and its use, during the Vietnam War.
OCAW scored a final victory as an independent union seven months after the merger when the federal government acknowledged for the first time that nuclear weapons production during the Cold War likely caused the illness and even deaths of thousands of atomic mining, refining, and production workers. The government agreed to seek legislation to compensate workers and their survivors for their medical care and lost wages. The admission of complicity and legislative relief had long been sought by OCAW.
Kight's Comanche County Texas is represented by Koch Supported Congressman Mike Conaway (R). Koch Country Conaway was also a NON supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Kight would be an "outcast" in Comanche County today just like he was in 1936 when he served a black family at his roadside food stand ! Kight's West Texas Birthplace is Koch Country.
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