Photo by Claire Peterson and Susana Diaz
Exploring the United Farm Workers' History
Until his death in 1993,
Chavez was frequently in the
news in California and around the world, as his name
became synonymous with
Farm Workers Rights.
hard, as it was for many migrant working families.
As a child, school was
difficult, there were many obstacles
and he found it a
hostile, negative environment.
Yet, he overcame this
and became an inspirational leader
migrant farm workers all over the country.
His initial lack of
formal education, only through elementary level,
would reverse later in
life as he became a passionate reader
and derived great
insight into the lives of leader he admired.
form of violence and in similar pattern
as Gandhi thought that
fasting and peaceful protests were
the best way to accomplish the
results they were seeking.
His efforts were not always successful,
the big farm owners had
tough lawyers whose lives
were devoted to defeating
Chavez and his supporters.
The Hollywood community
rallied behind Cesar because
he spoke for
those who had not a single hope of being heard.
To the rich farm
owners, he was a thorn in their sides,
someone who had to be
dealt with and kept down.
His life's work became a
beacon for the millions of
poor migrants who wanted just a
chance at a decent life.
Chavez showed those
who worked for little or nothing,
that there could be a better way
of living and working.
Cesar Chavez gave them
Si, se puede!
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