August 2018: Spotlight on United Farm Workers (ufw.org)

As a nutrition educator and natural foods cook, I support the United Farms Workers. They help put the fresh food on my table and fight against pesticides that negatively affect the workers (and us!)

This is one of the photos on the website (ufw.org) with the caption: OVERTIME: Fairness for Farm Workers Act.

This year is the 25th anniversary of Cesar Chavez’ death. He is at the core of the UFW and an icon for organized labor. Here is a blurb from Wikipedia. If you go to Google and put in Chavez’ name, one of the sources is Wikipedia, where you will find more information about his life. This is only part of the information.Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez,[1]locally [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW) in 1962.[2] Originally a Mexican American farm worker, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. (wikipedia.org)

 

Please consider signing the petition for creating a holiday in his honor.

From their website I found this additional information:

Cesar was in Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s words, “one of the heroic figures of our time.” He led the historic non-violent movement for farm worker rights and dedicated himself to building a movement of poor working people that extended beyond the fields and into cities and towns across the nation.

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