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Hero Project

Hero Project/Intro - Cesar Chavez

Jacqueline Saldana

on 4 May 2010

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MY HERO: CESAR CHAVEZ By Jacky Saldana Early Life La Causa Why is he a hero? Early Efforts Born in San Luis, Arizona March 31, 1927. Family owned a store. Cesar was 10 when they lost the store and had to begin immigrant work.
Had to begin working full time after finishing 8th grade. - His father had been injured in a car accident. - His grandparents immigrated from Mexico. - Had 6 siblings Served in the US Navy during WWII He and his wife taught immigrants to read and write Organized voting registration drives for new US citizens Joined the Community Service Organization (CSO) - Organization that worked for immigrant workers rights Began the National Farm Workers Association - With Gilbert Padilla and Dolores Huerta Held many strikes - Huelgas in spanish - Often very violent - Many jailed Organized Lettuce and Grape Boycotts - Wanted better pay and safer working conditions - Changed to United Farm Workers of America in 1974 "Si, se puede" - "It can be done" His persistance for social justice
changed the lives of millions Died of natural causes in 1993 - Age of 66 UFW continues the striving for social justice Awarded Medal of Freedom - Conducted campaigns against discrimination - Created the first successful farm workers
union in America - Led many successful boycotts and strikes - His work resulted in the first industry
wide labor contracts - UFW brought about the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act - Only law in nation that allows farm workers to unionize Family and friends founded the Cesar E. Chavez foundation - Highest Civilian Honor Legacy "Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who had learned to read. You cannot humiliate a person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours." - Cesar Chavez "[He was] One of the heroic figures of our time."
- Senator Robert Kennedy
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