I thought I’d share why it’s also important to teach our children about the man who fought to make a difference with our field workers who pick many of the fruits and vegetables we all enjoy in our daily lives.
Advocate for field workers civil rights and human rights! 1 of 5Cesar Chavez along with Dolores Huerta founded the Nation Farmer Workers Association(NFWA) which later was changed to United Farm Workers(UFW). Together they worked towards fighting against pesticides use, low wages, and cruel working conditions.
Leader for better employment and life opportunities for field workers 2 of 5Cesar Chavez helped end the Bracero program to help migrant workers gain the correct documentation to work int the U.S.
A peaceful protester with spiritual fasts and marches 3 of 5Chavez peacful protests were a true example of his patients and comitment. He fasted for several strikes to make his point recognized he was successful on many occasions.
Strong will to fight for a community with non-violence 4 of 5Chavez knew his approach for a nonviolent fight would show the dignity the field workers had and the moral cause of their fight! The support grew with time and soon they had the whole nation supporting them.
A believer in dreams “si se puede” was his chant 5 of 5Yes we can or it can be done is the translation of "si se puede"His words continue to inspire many during a hard fight for justice and dignity!
If it weren’t for Cesar Chavez fight, my grandfathers could have been hurt during their field working days. They had opportunities thanks to Cesar Chavez and the UFA. Their rights were not overseen. Both my grandfathers were a part of the Bracero program. One migrated in Southern California and the other traveled as far as Hidalgo, Texas for many years! While one of my grandfathers decided to stay and work legally the other returned home to Mexico peacefully with is family.
I am not sure what my future would have been like had these opportunities not been fought for. I am not sure if my family would have ever entered the states. I know my family is thankful for the voice he lent to all of the field workers and the belief of knowing they deserved fair labor rights!
Si se puede is not just another chant, it is a reminder that a fight worth fighting for is not easy but not impossible! His words continue to inspire other movements his legacy lives on!
Will you pay tribute to Cesar Chavez?
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