Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

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  • This isn't fair!
  • I know Cesar but we have to try and support the family.
  • How has nothing changed? This treatment is fair and cruel.
  • I know son, but that is just the way it is.
  • The workers need better wage. They need health care!
  • He understands what we are going through.
  • Cesar and his family had a difficult life even from the start. Their home was taken away because they failed to pay taxes. They ended up moving to California. The Chavez family ended up getting jobs at a field in California. Everyone, including the kids, had to work day just to barely support themselves.
  • I want rights for the workers as well!
  • When Cesar turned seventeen years old, he decided to enlist in the army. He returned two years later and became upset when he realized that everything in the labor camps stayed the same. The growers continued to treat the workers cruely.
  • In 1952, a man by the name of Fred Ross visited Cesar's home claiming to be part of a Latino civil rights group, the Community Service Organization (CSO). At first Cesar wasnt the biggest fan of this stranger but soon realized that he too was aware of the problems facing the field workers. Cesar decided to join the organization. 
  • I feel great! Thank you Cesar.
  • Once Cesar realized that the CSO only wanted to fight for some rights, he decided to start his own union the (NFWA). He wanted to fight for the workers and their rights.
  • No, we only agreed on the rights of the city Chicanos. 
  • The NFWA convinced the workers that if they wanted change, the only way to accomplish it was to do it non-violently. The first attempt to do so was a rose strike. It slowly went on to other non-workers joining in and boycotting food companies that treated their workers bad. 
  • Throughout Cesar's 66 years alive, he was able to accomplish numerous things. He obtained all kinds of rights for the field workers. For starters, the field workers got a raise, they were able to get breaks and health benefits. Cesar's efforts proved to have worked and if it wasnt for him, who knows how long it wouldve taken in order for the workers to be treated fairly. 
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