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  • Henry Xie

Remembering Chavez

Cesar Chavez was an American labor leader and a civil rights activist. Chavez worked in the fields before he became the organizer for the Community Service Organization in 1952. His public-relations approach to unionism and nonviolent tactics was able to change the way of the “Farmers Struggle”. The “Farmers Struggle” consisted of unpaid jobs and denied farmers rights to unionize because most of the farmers were immigrants with no work visas. The fight against this struggle later gained worldwide support. Chavez’s main goal was to "to overthrow the farm systems in this nation that treats farm workers as if they were not important human beings." He also wanted rights for farmers so that they are respected for what they do.


When Cesar Chavez died on March 31st, which coincidentally happens to be his birthday. That day soon became a national day in California, Colorado and Texas. The national day was intended to promote community in honor of Chavez’s life and to show people what he did to restore farmers’ rights. Barack Obama made it a national holiday to let people recognize that Cesar Chavez fought hard to perfect the union. In conclusion, Cesar Chavez has been awarded the Jefferson Award, Pacem in Terris Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2006, Cesar Chavez was added to the California Hall of Fame.

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