He had two brothers, Richard — and Librado, and two sisters, Rita and Vicki. His family owned a grocery store and a ranch, but their land was lost during the Great Depression.
Chavez Activities and Printouts Cesar Chavez: Labor Leader Cesar Estrada Chavez March 31, - April 23, was a Mexican-American labor leader who used non-violent methods to fight for the rights of migrant farm workers in the southwestern USA.
Migrant farm workers are people who do farm labor, moving from farm to farm and from town to town as their work is needed - it is difficult work that pays very little and can be dangerous due to the use of pesticides pesticides are chemicals that kill bugs and can make people sick.
Chavez founded a group that advocates for the rights of farm workers, acting to increase wages and improve the working conditions and safety of farm workers.
He also organized strikes when workers refuse to work until improved working conditions and salary demands are met and nation-wide boycotts of agricultural products in order to help workers a boycott is a protest in which the public is asked not to buy certain products.
Chavez went on many hunger strikes, refusing to eat until violence against strikers ended and until legislators law makers voted to make laws improving the lives of farm workers.
He was also jailed many times during his fight against terrible migrant worker conditions. Chavez was born in San Luis, Arizonanear Yuma. His family had lived there since his grandfather immigrated from Mexico.
His parents, Librado and Juana, owned a farm and store. The family lost the farm when Cesar was 10 years old during the Great Depressionand became migrant farm workers. As a youth, Cesar worked part-time in the farm fields with his family in Arizona and California as they moved from farm to farm, harvesting the fields.
After graduating from 8th grade, Cesar started working full-time in the fields to help support his family this was necessary because his father, Librado, had been injured in a car accident. When Cesar Chavez returned from the war, he labored as a farm worker in California.
Chavez married Helen Fabela in ; they eventually had 8 children and 31 grandchildren. Chavez and his wife taught Mexican immigrants to read and organized voting registration drives for new US citizens. Chavez was greatly influenced by the peaceful philosophy of St.
Francis of Assisi and Mohandas Gandhi.
He joined the Community Service Organization, an organization that worked for the rights of farm workers. There were many bitter and violent fights between the grape growers and the workers; Chavez and many union people were jailed in the struggle.
Some agreements were eventually made between the farm workers union and the growers. In order to force growers to further improve farm worker conditions, Chavez organized a nation-wide lettuce boycott.
InChavez organized a five-year "grape boycott," a movement that urged people to stop buying California grapes until farm workers had contracts insuring better pay and safer working conditions. His work for the fair treatment of farm workers changed the lives of millions of people for the better.
After a lifetime of valiantly working for social justice, Chavez died of natural causes at the age of 66 in InChavez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously after his death.Jul 29, · Watch video · Mexican-American Cesar Chavez () was a prominent union leader and labor organizer.
Hardened by his early experience as a migrant worker, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers. Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, locally [ˈsesaɾ esˈtɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, – April 23, ) 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 Post Politics from The Washington Post is the source for political news headlines, in-depth politics coverage and political opinion, plus breaking news on the Obama administration and White House.
Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday works to win national recognition for farm worker leader Cesar Chavez.
Join and learn about the Cesar Chavez national holiday movement. Cesar Chavez A Great Leader Cesar Chavez, union leader and farm worker advocate, was born near Yuma Arizona on March 31, On March 23, this great man died in San Luis, Arizona.
A short, printable book about the great Hispanic-American labor leader, Cesar Estrada Chavez, who used nonviolent methods to improve the lives of migrant farm workers. Cesar Chavez Coloring Printable Print out a coloring page on Cesar Chavez with a picture to color and some information about his life.