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Cesar Chavez

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on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of Cesar Chavez

By Callum Young
Luis Lopez
P.4 Cesar Chavez Immigration Strike The UFW fought the Bracero Program that existed from 1942 to 1964.
The UFW was one of the first labor unions to oppose proposed employer sanctions that would have prohibited hiring undocumented immigrants.
He was a key in getting the amnesty provisions into the 1986 federal immigration act.
In its early years, Chávez and the UFW went so far as to report undocumented immigrants who served as strikebreaking replacement workers, as well as those who refused to unionize, to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Chávez and the NFWA led a strike of California grape pickers on the historic farmworkers march from Delano to the California state capitol in Sacramento for similar goals.
The strike lasted five years.
In March 1966, the US Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor held hearings in California on the strike.
In March 1966, the US Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare's Subcommittee on Migratory Labor held hearings in California on the strike.
During the hearings, subcommittee member Robert F. Kennedy expressed his support for the striking workers.
The union also won passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which gave collective bargaining rights to farm workers. Origins César Estrada Chávez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, in a Mexican-American family of six children.
He had two brothers, Richard (1929–2011) and Librado, and two sisters, Rita and Vicki.[3] He was named after his grandfather, Cesario
He grew up in a small adobe home, the same home in which he was born. Early Life In 1942, Chávez graduated from eighth grade, then 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; but, he soon discovered that at the time Mexican-Americans in the Navy could only work as deckhands or painters.
When Chávez returned home from his service in the military, he married his high school sweetheart, Helen Fabela.
The couple moved to San Jose, California, where they would have seven children: Fernando, Linda Paul, Eloise, Sylvia and Anthony. Activism Chávez worked in the fields until 1952, when he became an organizer for the Community Service Organization (CSO), a Latino civil rights group.
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). Death and Facts Chávez undertook a number of spiritual fasts, regarding the act as “a personal spiritual transformation”.
In 1968, he fasted for 25 days, promoting the principle of nonviolence.
Chávez was a vegan because he believed in animal rights and also for his health.
Chávez died on April 23, 1993, of unspecified natural causes in a rental apartment in San Luis, Arizona.
There's a street named after him, also a center known as the National Chavez Center.
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