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Cesar Chavez

Greatest AchievementChavez formed the United Farm Workers Union. The goal of the Union was to demand respect, dignity, fair wages, and equality for farm workers. This work did not come easily. Chavez organized many protests, boycotts known as "La Causa" and paved the way for those who followed in his footsteps. He stood for non-violence and modeled much of his work around the ideals of Gandhi. Chavez was also known for fasting as a way to promote non-violence. Fasts ranged from 25-36 days!

Cesar Chavez1927-1993"One of the heroic figures of our time." ~RFK

Strategies to Stand Up For RightsNon-violence- principles of peace and peaceful tactics made popular by Gandhi and Martin Luther King JrFasting- to refrain from eatingBoycotts-to join together and refuse Sit-ins-organized protest demonstrations

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”http://thinkexist.com/quotation/once-social-change-begins-it-cannot-be-reversed/761489.html

Prayer of the Farm Workers' StruggleShow me the suffering of the most miserable;So I will know my people's plight.Free me to pray for others;For you are present in every person.Help me to take responsibility for my own life;So that I can be free at last. Grant me courage to serve others;For in service there is true life.Give me honesty and patience;So that I can work with other workers.Bring forth song and celebration;So that the spirit will be alive among us.Let the spirit flourish and grow;So we will never tire of the struggle.Let us remember those who have died for justice;For they have given us life.Help us love even those who hate us;So we can change the world.Written by Cesar E. Chavez, UFW Founder (1927-1993)

HUMBLE HERO

Works Cited: http://www.cesarechavezfoundation.org/www.ufw.org/_page.php?menu=research&inc=history/07.htmlwww.pbs.org/itvs/fightfields/cesarchavez.htmlhttp://chavezfoundation.org/_page.php?code=001001000000000&page_ttl=American+Hero&kind=1http://www.pbs.org/itvs/fightfields/cesarchavez1.htmlhttp://www.ufw.org/_page.php?menu=research&inc=history/07.html

Chavez marching with other supporters.http://chavez.cde.ca.gov/researchcenter/_Images/cesar.jpg

Chavez accepts bread from Robert F. Kennedy, breaking his 25 day fast.https://www.reuther.wayne.edu/files/images/234.preview.jpg

Check out this interactive timeline presented by the Cesar Chavez Foundation.http://www.chavezfoundation.org/_page.php?code=001015000000000&page_ttl=Timeline&kind=1

Tribute Video to Cesar Chavezhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj4ya_Gyq80

Important Event: Delano Grape StrikeIn 1965, Filipino American farm workers protested and striked, demanding higher wages from their employers. Chavez and the UFW united with them six month laters, leading a march from Delano to Sacremento. They also asked fellow Americans to join the effort, encouraging them to boycott the purchase of grapes. This strike and the support helped fuel other strikes in coming years.

ChildhoodCesar Chavez experienced injustice at an early age. After weathering through the Great Depression, his family was forced to relocate when a land deal went bad. Instead of having their own land to work they became migrant farm workers. Cesar attended school only through the eigth grade. He worked the fields until the age of 19, then joined the Navy for two miserable years, and then returned home to marry his high school sweetheart.


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