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A biography of cesar estrada chavez an american civil rights activist

His parents were Juana Estrada and Librado Chavez.

Cesar Chavez

He had two brothers and two sisters and grew up on his family's farm in Yuma. His family also owned a local grocery store, but when Cesar was only 11 the family lost the farm because of the Great Depression.

His family moved to California to find work, and they soon became migrant workers.

  • Our men, women, and children have suffered not only the basic brutality of stoop labor, and the most obvious injustices of the system; they have also suffered the desperation of knowing that the system caters to the greed of callous men and not to our needs;
  • We know we cannot defend or be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them - exploiting them in the name of science, exploiting animals in the name of sport, exploiting animals in the name of fashion, and yes, exploiting animals in the name of food;
  • He learned how to successfully fight hatred and violence with the unstoppable power of nonviolence;
  • They walk miles to buy food at inflated prices.

Migrant work was hard and the family was barely paid enough to eat. This is how he learned about the unfair treatment of migrant workers. After two years in the navy he returned home, married, and a few years later after working on farms he got a job working for Latino's civil rights. Interesting Cesar Chavez Facts: Cesar Chavez had to quit grammar school to work in the farm fields full time in 1942.

Cesar Chavez enlisted in the Navy in 1946. He served for two years. In 1948 Cesar Chavez married his sweetheart Helen Favela.

Cesar Estrada Chavez

Together they would have eight children. While working at this job he began to work for Latino civil rights, spearheaded voter registrations and fought against economic and racial discrimination.

The headquarters were moved to Los Angeles, California. The labor leader was Dolores Huerta.

Cesar Chavez Facts

The NFWA was dedicated to migrant worker's rights. The organization fought for wage minimums, insurance and collective bargaining rights. The grape strike lasted five years. During the strike some grape companies agreed to a contract for farm workers.

Robert Kennedy also supported the boycott, as did many civil and political rights leaders of the time.

  • In 1970 the UFW signed a contract with most grape growers in California and the strike came to an end;
  • We are together with you in spirit and determination that our dreams for a better tomorrow will be realized;
  • He dropped out of school after the eighth grade and worked full-time to help support his family;
  • His family also owned a local grocery store, but when Cesar was only 11 the family lost the farm because of the Great Depression.

In 1968 Cesar Chavez went on a hunger strike for 25 days. In 1970 the UFW signed a contract with most grape growers in California and the strike came to an end. In 1970, after the grape strike ended Cesar Chavez began a boycott against lettuce growers.

  • Many people will tell you of his wonderful qualities and his many accomplishments, but what makes him special to me, the truth many people don't want you to remember, is that Dr;
  • King used direct action to challenge the system;
  • We shall do it without violence because that is our destiny;
  • But the California Migrant Ministry held a meeting with its staff and decided that the strike was a matter of life or death for farm workers everywhere, and that even if it meant the end of the Migrant Ministry they would turn over their resources to the strikers;
  • Our opponents must understand that it's not just a union we have built.

Cesar Chavez went on a 24 day hunger strike in 1972. In 1975 farm workers earned the right to boycott and the right to collective bargaining.

On April 23rd, 1993 Cesar Chavez died. In 2000, a state holiday was established on March 31st, to celebrate Cesar Chavez in California.