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5 Reasons to Pay Tribute to Cesar Chavez

5 reasons to pay tribute to cesar chavezAfter a chaotic Sunday over a Google doodle paying tribute to the late Cesar Chavez, I knew this was the time to learn all I could about the personal reasons my family pays tribute to Cesar Chavez.

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 5
    Advocate for field workers civil rights and human rights!
    Cesar 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 5
    Leader for better employment and life opportunities for field workers
    Cesar 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 5
    A peaceful protester with spiritual fasts and marches
    Chavez 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 5
    Strong will to fight for a community with non-violence
    Chavez 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 5
    A believer in dreams "si se puede" was his chant
    Yes 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? 

Read more of Ruby’s writing at Growing Up Blackxican

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