We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.
There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.
My love is something valuable to me which I ought not to throw away without reflection.- Sigmund Freud
A novel is an impression, not an argument; and there the matter must rest.- Thomas Hardy
The fun of talk is to explore, but much of it and all that is irresponsible should not be ...- Ernest Hemingway
The blind lead the blind; we will come to sea.- Sumanth Bharadwaj
Each coil has the earthquake which created it, as every death has the life that gave birth...- Sorin Cerin
Our opponents in the agricultural industry are very powerful and farm workers are still weak in money and influence. But we have another kind of power that comes from the justice of our cause. So long as we are willing to sacrifice for that cause, so long as we persist in non-violence and work to spread the message of our struggle, then millions of people around the world will respond from their heart, will support our efforts … and in the end we will overcome.
|Birth:||31st March, 1927|
|Death:||23rd April, 1993|
|Profession:||Farmer, Activist, Leader|
Cesar Estrada Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, in a Mexican-American family of six children. In 1942, Chavez graduated from eighth grade. It would be his final year of formal schooling, because he did not want his mother to have to work in the fields. Chavez dropped out to become a full-time migrant farm worker. In 1944 he joined the United States Navy at the age of seventeen and served for two years.
Chavez worked in the fields until 1952, when he became an organizer for the Community Service Organization (CSO), a Latino civil rights group. He was hired and trained by Fred Ross as an organizer targeting police brutality. Chavez urged Mexican Americans to register and vote, and he traveled throughout California and made speeches in support of workers' rights. He later became CSO's national director in 1958.
In 1962 Chávez left the CSO and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) with Dolores Huerta. It was later called the United Farm Workers (UFW). When Filipino American farm workers initiated the Delano grape strike on September 8, 1965, to protest for higher wages, Chávez eagerly supported them.
Chávez died on April 23, 1993, of unspecified natural causes in a rental apartment in San Luis, Arizona. Shortly after his death, his widow, Helen Chávez, donated his black nylon union jacket to the National Museum of American History, a branch of the Smithsonian.
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