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The  Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers's
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9/29/2010

cesar chAVEZ U ROCK FOR SAVING US LATINOS


9/24/2010
Zucker Middle School
North Charleston, S.C.

gracias por lo que isistes por los latinos... en nuestros corazones siempre viviras. grasias(:

8/13/2010
Joey

thank you for what you did
4/27/2010

si se puede!
a mi me gusto cesar chavez.
but by the way i speak fluent spanish and cesar inspiered me to learn and try and i have been in spanish or bilingual classes for 21 years. go cesar
04/05/2009
Mark Torres
Concord, Ca

If he was born in March 1927, how was he 17 when he joined the Navy in 1946 as stated in your biography of Chavez? I've read elsewhere that he was a WWII veteran which means he joined before 1946.
03/20/2009
richard kemper
Comerce, CA

Cesar Chavez was a great Latin American. He never used violence even though he thought it would work. He knew that violence breads violence so he did what most Americans wouldn't do. Cesar used peaceful demonstrations such as the fast and the walks. Cesar Chavez to me is what a real role modal should look like. Best Wishes to his family. Thy thalt shall pass will be remembered in thou loved ones heart for more than a life time.
09/19/2008
Norah Lujan
Modesto, California

My father, Esequiel Covarrubias, was one of the many people that supported and worked with Cesar Chavez, Manuel Chavez, Dolores Huerta and many more. My parents would welcome them in their humble home in Roselawn avenue in their many tours, eating tortillas con frijoles papitas con chile. I am the daughter of immigrants fighting for human rights side by side with my father. We worked in one of the vineyards of "The Novitiate of Los Gatos" in Modesto, picking grapes as a family like many others. Today my father passed away and I am proud to say that all those memories shall be forever with us. 05/15/2008

in the Chavez and the UFW link I was reading through CHavez's life and it says that he dropped out of school in 8th grade but then it says that he married his high school sweet heart? Its an inconsistency that I think we should fix thanks guys.
03/27/2008
Esperanza
Reedley, CA

I have always respected Cesar Chavez for the great man he was and his legacy continues to live on after his death. I make sure to have my children understand the importance of hard work and commitment to everything they do in life like the great man Cesar. I am very proud to be a hispanic, a descendent of field workers and now a sucessful government employee. Thank you very much for the wonderful fundamental values taught to me throughout all these years.
03/13/2008
Frank Zapata
Brawley,CA

Cesar Chavez was inportant in so many different ways. He empowered the workers to seek justice in the fields the were so unforgiving. He gave hope to those who believed that through honest hard work- change is possible. He stood for those persons who were overlooked and continue to be ignored. His fight is ongoing as we recognize that working conditions still need to improve. Thank you Cesar for all that you did and for leaving such and important legacy in your name. God Bless the Chavez Family and you all as well.
03/13/2008

I was born in bakersfield ca. i am a proud hispanic. my mother and sisters we move to to houston TX in 1979. where no one knew who cesar chavez was. we talked about him alot people would look at us weird. my grandfather RAMON GALVAN FROM WASCO CA.SILVESTRE GALVAN FROM WASCO CA. AND SANTOS GALVAN AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY GALVAN ORIGINALLY FROM EL PASO TEXAS/CD JUAREZ CHIH.WE WERE RAISED GOING TO THE MARCHES AND DANCES IN DELANO FROM WHAT I REMEMBER TILL THIS DAY I HAVE MUCH RESPECT AND FAITH IN CHAVEZ FAMILY NOW IAM 42 YEARS OLD AND MY CHILDREN SEE THIS AND FEEL HONOR ACTUALLY EVERY TIME MY KIDS HAVE A SCHOOL PROJECT THEY CHOOSE CESAR OR DOLORES. BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY BEEN RAISED WITH THEM. THEY ARE OUR ODOLS. WHEN WE VISIT MY FAMILY IN EL PASO THATS WHERE THE GALVAN FAMILY IS THEY TELL OUR CHILDREN THE REAL STORIES ABOUT CESAR CHAVEZ HOW MY GRANPA AND UNCLE GALVAN LEFT TO CALIFORNIA IT TOOK THEM SEVERAL DAYS TO GET TO CALIFORNIA.THATS WHEN THEY ARRIVED TO WASCO.TO WORK IN THE FIELDS FROM DAY 1 TO THEIR RETIREMENT.ACTUALLY IN EL PASO THEY WERE INTERVIEW AND RECORDED ON T.V
8/14/07
Thomas J. Valdriz
Danville, CA

I grew up on a farm in Salinas, California and knew firsthand, the suffering of the campesinos. I was lucky. My father had a full-time job on the farm as an irrigator, and no longer had to move around with the crops. I saw the fields wet with pesticides and the families of women and children who would have to go into the fields right after spraying, with the white poison still running down the furrows.I saw the living conditions of many of the migrant families, and decided that I needed to get involved.

To that end, I volunteered for a year without pay for the CRLA office in Salinas and worked with Hector de la Rosa and Mo Jourdane and George Shirley at the local office to help ban El Cortito as an unsafe labor tool. We took depositions, interviewed fieldworkers and wrote briefs. Finally, I was valley investigator for CRLA. I drove around and took photographs after we successfully banned El Cortitos use.

The farmers who allowed labor contractors to used crews equipped with the hoe were fined. EventuallyI no longer saw its use. It still brings tears to my eyes as I think of those who were involved in the struggle, and I am glad when I drive thru the valley and see the workers using long-handled hoes. Tom Valdriz
7/19/07
marisela
los angeles,ca

hello, im a student and at first i had no idea what cesar chavez did and whaT he was all about..but i choose to do a research paper on him..wow was i surprised he not only impressed me but he also became my hero..maybe im not fully informed on all his life but from what i know im glad he excisted and made a difference..chicano power.
6/12/07
Leopold Moreno
Battle Ground Washington

while reading these enlightining comments on Cesar Chavez, i came across a popular phrase, "When in Rome do as the Romans do" so i fully support all of you who are saying this, nothing gives to my American pride more than to hear the great tries of assimiliation that many people are trying, because "When in America, Lie and cheat and steal from the underprivledged/uneducated poor illegals and citizens alike! Go America! i sure am proud that we have remained stable in our imperialistic conquest. from the NATIVE Americans to the ever so popular Mexicans,we are one of the few that stick to our guns. with all due respect to the brave soldiers whom are dying every second for your right to praise the hipocracy America stands for. no matter how many people die trying to bring absolute peace to this world(America Included) in the end it will come down to the Rich white man and the second class minorities.

to those who can see beyond this brainwashed world's logic, i commend you, because with you, there is no difference in race, only hearts.


5/9/07
Claudia
Bakersfield, Ca

Ceasar Chavez is my hero he is my inspiration and I admire him for all that he went through! and we should all apply the message he was trying to send to what is happening now with these marches his way was peaceful and non violent and thats the way we need to go about getting our messege across!!
4/10/07
East Lansing, Mi

In response to other posts, I must add more. I just need to clarify something. United States citizens often forget that when you accuse immigrants of being in "America" no so they must learn English and not wave a Mexican flag, you are forgetting that Mexico, Costa Rica, Hondurus, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Paraguay, Guyana, Ecuador, Uraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, , Puerto Rico, Argentina, Chile, Peru... All of these people... are Americans. They belong to North, Central and South American. Although there is a major push for an English Only United States, the USA does not have an official language. I believe that everyone has the right to speak whichever language they so choose. Its important to remember that the USA built this country by taking it away from others, Native Americans, and Mexicans alike. Its also important to remember that US buisnesses bank on immigrants because they benefit from paying them so little and the fact that they do not have rights, and they do the dirtiest of the dirtiest jobs. I understand the heated debate about immigration, but it is very important to respect all people, avoid stereotypes, and get the facts right. History plays an important role in the present. Lets not forget
4/10/07
Mary
East Lansing, Mi

Hi everyone, I am a student at Michigan State University, studying Spanish and English as a second language. I am studying to become a teacher, and in one of my classes we are developing unit plans. I am planning on doing the unit on Chavez, and his important role in US history. However, I am having a hard time finding resources about Chavez in Spanish that my potential students could use. Any ideas out there?
3/22/07
Anonymousbr
Columbus, Ohiobr

I am not Hispanic yet I believe that Cesar Estrada Chavez was, and in spirit, a very inspirational man who worked hard. What I really liked about Chavez's saga is how he was the normal, lower working class, migrant worker who rose to became who he was, the greatest Hispanic father figure. I am currently writing a research paper and I give my thanks to all of the people who gave their sole opinions and views on Chavez. I give my regards to Mr. Chavez.
3/7/07
Elda Hernandez

Until about 15 years ago, I learned about Mr. Chavez. Believe you me I can relate to him. I grew up as a migrant worker in TX. Every chance that I get I will talk about how Mr. Chavez helped make it better for us out in the fields. He is my HERO. May God bless his family.
2/28/07
Mariah Ashtin
Austin Tx

Greetings to everyone who wrote on this page. I'm a young jpurnalist and need help to interview someone who has been part of this protest or has relatives who know and lived during this time. Please if you have any way that you can help please email me at blue_teddybear_14@yahoo.com I respect everyone's privacy and will not release any information given to me to the public. Please, let me know! I'm one step further to my goal!
2/26/07
natalie
Delano, Ca

Cesar Chavez has had a great influence in our society. I feel especially touched by his influence since it is in my very own hometown he started creating changes. My parents and grandparents actively participated in rallies and boycotts lead by him and they tell me he was a gentle leader who looked down on followers who turned to violence. How he made such a great change in such a peaceful way is amazing. He definately has my respect.
2/12/07
Nicole
Columbus GA

I'm 12 years old and I think the deeds that cesar did were graet.Without it my family and i coud't have the things that we have. And i might not be alde to do the thing that i do. I might not even be with my family. We inspire him!! Thanks alot Cesar for all that you have done for us. we miss you!!!
1/19/07

I think it is great what Mr. Chavez did for his people. But now his people need to work on becaoming American Citizens and not Mexican immigrants. I feel that the hispanics are the continuing what Ceaser Chavez fought for. They are still continuing to settle for less and not willing to learn how to blend with the American's. They are to lazy to learn English. I totally agree with a comment that the person left about waving the American flag the the Mexican flag. Face reality you are in America not Mexico.
1/9/07
Juliana

If it was not 4 Cezar Chavez us Mexicans would still be in the fields so i would realy like 2 say SI SE PUEDE A MIS MEXICANS... R.I.P CEZAR CHAVEZ
1/8/07
Natalie
Yuma, AZ
uhm.....I donÕt know what to really write other than what I think about Cesar Chavez......I think heÕs a great man who not only fights for himself but for others as well. Cesar has helped many farm workers throughout the years...in conclusion heÕs a great man!!!!!!!
11/15/06
Sasha Romero
Springdale, Arkansas
I realized while I was researching and learning about This bold Couragous man, Cesar Chavez, I wouldnt have all the rights that I have this very day.
7/31/06
maria elena fabela
stockton,calilfornia
Igrew up in salinas calif. and because of this man Cesar Chavez i have been improwered i have become a strong latina women i was in the march on May 1st of this year and i took my grandson with me and he asked why we were all there i explained that sometimes we just have to stand up for what we believe in and that it is ok to believe differenly i want my childern to be srong and to fight for there rights also our children are the future we should all teach our children how to love and about world peace my mother worked the fields her parents did and there parents did i did and now my childeren did not have to i truly believe because Cesar Chavez opened up those doors for and our children there are schools named in his honor through out the country and i am very proud to say that i am latina i grew up in a union family. My prayers are with his family thank you
6/12/06
Mike Fraga
I am searching for a copy of the teatro campesino's album entitled, if I remember, Huelga. It was their first recording.
5/26/06
Cesar chavez made me realize that if he wouldnt have been the one to stand up i wouldnt have alot of rights i have now!!!!!!!
5/23/06
Jenny
Martinez, CA
I didn't even learn about Cesar Chavez until my second semester in college. It's a shame that my school celebrated his holiday before people even knew who he was. What a wonderful man who compleated amazing accomplishments. He deserves all the respect in the world.
5/16/06
Dalia
Canutillo,TX
I feel glad for what CESAR CHAVEZ did, because if he wouldn't have protested grapes,a lot of people would have had cancer,because of the pesticide.
5/16/06
Suzzette
Canutillo, TX
There were so many great people in the past.During segragation there was Martin Luther King Jr.Ruby Bridges helped kids stand up to thier parents in order to go to an all white school.In a migrant farm worker life there was one that protested and stuck with it until the end.That person was Cesar Chavez.Sure there was Ruby Bridges Martin Luther King Jr.,but there was also Cesar Chavez, who was stopping people from poisoning thier children.He was a great respected man who was still respected even when death came to him.
5/15/06
laura
Canutillo, Texas
I learned many good things about Cesar Chavez. He was like Rosa Parks because they both boycotted for the good of the people. Cesar Chavez was a great leader because he saved many peoples lives.
5/15/06
Israel
Canutillo, Tx.
I am a 4th grade student and I believe Cesar Chav»z was a great leader to migrant farm workers. He was a soft spoken speaker.I think C»sar Chav»z was a very good man because he was a non violent man. He never gave up and he was a committed to boycotting and striking to make the lives of alll of us better.
5/15/06
Ricardo
Canutillo,Tx
I think that C»sar Chav»z is a great person because he saved some kidsfrom boycotting the grapes. C»sar became a person like Martin Luther King Jr. I especially thank C»sar Chavez because if I was a migrant farm worker, I would be the person he fought to make my life better.
5/15/06
Victoria
Canutillo ,TX
Ceasar Chavez made a difference by helping migrant workers.Cesar helped giving the migrant workers rights . I feel that this man did a great job of dedicating his life to making it better for the migrant workers.
5/15/06
Angela
Canutillo, TX
Cesar made a difference in peoples lifes is by boycotting grapes because the grapes were poisonous. Children and people were getting cancer and were getting ill.This was a tough life for people because maybe some of there children died from cancer and have died from the poison grapes.I believe that Cesar Chavez was a great leader and now my family appreciates him more than ever.
5/15/06
Kevin
Canutillo,TX
Cesar Cheavez was a very good leader,a nobel man that boycotted to help children that were affected by the poisin in the grapes. I did not like that he was arrested for boycotting.I'm happy he worked hard for us all.
5/15/06
Mercedes
I am a 4th grade student and I will not forget the unbelievable life of Cesar Chavez.Cesar was the one that made a diffrence to farmworkers.Cesar was an amazing person that thought anything was possible.He participated in many boycotts.He had to go through alot of trouble,but it was all worth it.He died in his sleep with all the honor he deserved.
5/2/06
angela gonzales
yakima wa
I just marched in the the marches in my home town and i believe that it will soon takes us were we need to go as race we have always stood for something but now our voices will be heard dont forget to vote. Unido's para siempre.
4/24/06
El Paso, Tx.
This is in response to the entry from Washington, D.C. on 10/14/04. "That same year Richard Chavez designed the UFW Eagle and Cesar chose the black and red colors. Cesar told the story of the birth of the eagle. He asked Richard to design the flag, but Richard could not make an eagle that he liked. Finally he sketched one on a piece of brown wrapping paper. He then squared off the wing edges so that the eagle would be easier for union members to draw on the handmade red flags that would give courage to the farm workers with their own powerful symbol. Cesar made reference to the flag by stating, "A symbol is an important thing. That is why we chose an Aztec eagle. It gives pride . . . When people see it they know it means dignity." http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/cesarchavez/his2.html
4/18/06
Cesar Chavez was like Martin Luther King.and Mahatma Ghandi.He belived in non-violence.It effected the economy in agreat way.
4/3/06
Chris
Green Bay, WI
After marching today in protest of the proposition condemning illegals as felons I was confused to hear the chants "Si Se Puede." However, our world and country face a new globalizing world different to Chavez. I sympathize with my Mexican American friends with jobs that feel threatened by more illegals and with hard working Americans who feel that they are paying more taxes for illegals even amongst their cheap labor which feeds America. One thing that is very clear is that we have so much to be proud of as Americans. The fact that Mexicans, or any immigrants,will dangerously and illegally enter the USA for their 10 hour a day labor proves this to us. We must make sure our people are registered. But, we cannot send this people back to the countries they came from when they worked hard to feed themselves, their families, and us. We must be patriotic and show that our country will support the natural rights of all humans on this Earth. Thats the reason are country was created and that fact will be eternal.
4/3/06
erin
fresno, california
cesar cavez was a great man for fighting in what he believes is right. thank you Cesar Chavez.
3/29/06
Spring Valley, CA
What Mr Chavez did for his people is commendable. However, I am not so sure he would approve of how his people are using his name today. Let's remember, the U.S. in the past has been BUILT by those who loved THE UNITED STATES and they did it legally. We welcome immigrants to this beautiful nation, but only those who apply to become U.S. citizens legally. I am tired of paying taxes to this government and having that money used to pay for health benefits, etc. for the illegals in this country. Especially the women who cross the border to have their child born here and thus become a citizen. This HAS GOT TO STOP. As another writer said, "When in Rome do as the Romans do.....SPEAK ENGLISH. Also, you are so intent on being a U.S. Citizen, then wave the Stars and Strips that our soldiers (men and women are still fighting for. Wave your Mexican flag in MEXICO! If your President of Mexico cared for you he would clean up the corruption and take care of his people...not just the rich, but also the poor.
3/29/06
San Juana Cornejo
Grand Rapids, MI
My parents and my grandparents were born in Texas and their main source of income was from working in the fields. I was born in a migrant camp of a cotton farm. My parents settled out in Ill and my dad went to work in an iron factory. Although the work was hard, he felt that it could never compare to the pain, suffering, and humiliation(given by the owners) for fieldwork. But he also felt very strongly about it being honest work. On his vacation weeks from the factory he would take us to work in the onion,tomato, and soy bean fields so that we could learn how to earn an honest days wages. He also wanted us to learn to appreciate that to have money is to work for it. For two summers when I was in high school he let us go live and work with his brother in a migrant camp so that we could learn what it was like to live in those conditions. I for one appreciate all my Dad taught us. Needless to say, when I was in Junior College and the Movimiento started, I was right there in the middle of it all. It is something that my kids are just learning this year. They are starting to find out that to make effective and long-lasting changes people have to work together for each other. And you don't succeed with violance and digenerating language. They are learnig the real meaning of "Si Se Puede" God Bless Cesar's family and everyone who continues his work. Viva Cesar! Si Se Puede!
3/29/06
Nicole Abriel
Altadena, CA
As a chicana mother of today I belive it's Important for us all to remember what Chavez stood for. And to remind ourself and our children each day what Chavez fought so hard to achieve. But also to educate yourself's to work hard with your mind as well as your hands, and remember that everyday is a good day to be a chicano.
Si se puede
3/28/06
Adriana
phoenix, Az
What ceaser chavez did was so unbeliveable & he did the same thing just like martin luther king jr.
3/28/06
juan llamas
salinas CA.
Cesar E. Chavez was great man he helped my great grandma get fair pay in the fields my grandma was in hes marches because she belived in him every men and women got what they wanted so did my great grandma thats why I admire him alot .
3/28/06
sandra martinez
sacramento, cal
why is it that we get treated un fairly. every other race is okay but where not. the reason they want to come here is that in mexico half of the water is poluted and there suffering. let them come
3/28/06
Dave
La Mesa, Cal.
As a white man at 57 years of age I grew up in San Diego and lived thought the movement of the UFW and Cesar Chaves. One thing that I think we all may forget is that Cesar was apposed of illegal immergation. He knew that the illegals would keep the wages down. Any one in any trade that is using illegals should be conserned for their life style to progress. I'm all for Legal immergration and for the immergration standards be like the ones that my fore-father was subject to.
3/24/06
Kua Vang
Stockton, Ca
Cesar Chavez was a man who was gret leader nd was determine to reach his goal. the one word he spoken through out his strike was "Si Se Pede". and YES we can do it!!!!!all i want to say to him is thank you for fighting for the right thing. maybe one dy i will become a prseon who will fight for rights to.
3/10/06
Adan Figueroa
Chicago, Illinois
with this new proposition {Project HR- 4437} many peoples lives will be destroyed, im mexican whos a natural born citizen yet i believe that that this plan is unfair and that we latinos today more than ever should be even more united and thas what we all want support of each other so that more progress in this nation could be created.
3/8/06
sarai
Solana Beach CA.
I think that Cesar Chavez was good leader for the people Latina
2/13/06
Austin, Texas
There is this one entry that really blew my mind, and how it said that you have be able to speak spanish now a days to be able to get a job in the states. Well that is true and what the entry said that got me mad was that he/she told us hispanics to leave if we dont like it!! Well Buddy guess what America is changing into a different society whether you like it or not , and if you don't like it you can leave the country. So those were my thoughts on a specic entry on the site. In other words Cesar Chavez was a great man who really helped us hispanics to get jobs and a better salary. Which is great!
2/7/06
christian gurra
charlotte north carolina
he was a incredibale leader with a struggle
2/1/06
Paulina Capilla
Chino Hills
Cesar Chavez was a great influence among alot of people let alone hispanics. He was an impressively hard worker who longed to fight for what he believed in. He was often discriminated a gainst but he didn't seem to mind, the only subject that ever seemed to interest him was to strive far and make a difference in this country.

2/1/06
Well, I am from America and it is ridiculous that I can't get a job without learning to speak spanish. You are in this country now. When in rome do as the romans do.
It's sickening. If America is so bad, go home!!!!!

1/26/06
norma
deleon springs

i think cesar chavez was a great man with great concern for his people.i am only 13 and at this age i have great admiration for him and what he did.i just want to say that he was a great leader!!!!!!!

1/17/06
Jose Puente
Atlanta, Georgia

I am disappointed that most people today have forgotten or do not know who Cesar Chavez was and the importance of his struggle for his people...all of our people.

With the negative way that mexican immigrants are being portrayed by the general public today, Cesar's story needs to be told. As it is the true story of the american immigrant and what america was born from.

Any person of any race would be humbled by his story and would undoubtedly become more compassionate about the people we share our earth with.

1/17/06
Adan Figueroa
Chicago, Illinois

overall i believe that Cesar Chavez was a strong man. he was a person that fought against evil. i will be doing the ufw for my 8th grade history fair because i want to let others know that latinos arent bad people and that because we all are diferent we do not deserve to be treated like crap. i have white skin im mexican but because of that i will not be discriminated. i have earned the respect of others and of my teachers and respect was something Chavez earned and because of that he stands at top in history as the fater of all chicanos.

1/10/06
Christian Martinez
Denver, Colorado

Cesar Chavez was and is a pioneer of freedom for human rights. To me, what made Cesar so great, was the fact that he gave his entire life every day and night of his 66 year life for the betterment of Mexican people and all people. He stood strong and true in the face of oppression and battled injustice head on but always with a peaceful heart and divine wisdom. Cesar is to be emulated by all. I wish our president was more like Cesar Chavez.
1/9/06
Alyssa Jones
Clovis, CA

Right now I am a fifth grader and I am learning about Cesar Chavez for History Day. So far, I have learned that he was a great man and did the right thing for the farmworkers. I have also learned that a lot of people didn't like him. I think they are crazy. My grandpa was treated like he was in school because he spoke Spanish like Cesar. I think that was very rude. I am glad Cesar was able to peacefully fight for the farmworkers.
12/13/05
Angeles Gutierrez
Wickenburg, AZ

Cesar Chavez, he was one of the few very important mexican people who made a very important change in our lives, and for that we all will always have him in our memories. if it hadn't been for Cesar Chavez, we,mexicans, as a whole, wouldn't have the opportunities that we have now,we have the opportunity to make our dreams come true like he did, but our dreams can only come true if we work hard and realy want them. Because of Cesar Chavez, we're not a minority anymore.
12/12/05
teresa gutierrez
hayward, california

dam cesar chavez is hella tight he did so much, if it wasent for him things would have been so different, im in high school now and yet in all ma projects i do him cause each time i like learn something new he hheeelllaaa cool and admire him a lot i also meet some of his family in san jose and there really cool to well thats it byebye
12/8/05
jessilynn sanchez

To whom May concern Chesar Chavez was a great hero and he also did a lot for farm workers.
12/2/05

Cesar Chavez was a defenit good hard worker.I'm proud of you Cesar!
11/22/05
Brittany Gonzalez
Norwalk, California

I never knew Cesar Chavez until we learned about him today at school.Cesar Chavez ,you're very lucky to be known as a really good person who made the farm owners work with your union and help the migrant farm workers with using boycott.I really wish I were you so I could be known really good just like you Cesar.I'm sorry you and your family didn't have enough money to pay the taxes on your farm and I'm also sorry that you guys were forced to move and lost your land.That's extremely super duper extradily sad.In class today we had a writing test and that's how we learned about you.It was sort of a long story but not much, anyway we had to highlight the important details and ride it neatly in cursive but in a summary.You Rock!
11/22/05
Brittany Gonzalez

You are very lucky to be known like you are right now. I bet you get a lot of attention. You are really famoyus to me. What I like about you is that you stopped the farm owners not giving their farm workers much credit even if only the farm workers worked but the owners didn't. Do you think it's fair because I know I don't? If I were one of the farm workers I would've tried to escape like Harriet Tubman did. You are exremely good person Cesar.
11/4/05
Amanda
Fresno, California

My class is learning about Cesar Estrada Chavez in our 6th grade class. In our class we have learned a lot from this web site about how great Cesar was. I just wanted to say thank you for letting us know about the wonderful things that Cesar Chavez changed to make my central valley a more peaceful place.
10/10/05
Lupe S

The video was quite powerful in relaying the message that there was a great need for change among the farmworkers during the Cesar Chavez era. I remember the blisters on my feet from picketing. I recall the fear that one of us would get shot because we were fighting for something that I, as a child, didn't quite understand. Someone asked why did they use red on the flag? I recall my mother say once that it was the blood of our poeple that kept the food on the "gringo's" tables. "If they only understood they were drinking our blood in their wine glasses" It's hard to understand the "struggle", "La Causa", "the movement", La huelga!" I walked to Sacramento. That was the day someone spit on me. How do you explain such a profound gesture to a child. We fought to have health coverage, pensions, job security, cost of living increases, education...it was not in vain. They key is to do something with what we've accomplished.
10/6/05
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA

IM A THRITY SEVEN YEAR OLD WOMAN WHICH GROW UP IN SAN JOSE CALIFAS. I THINK THIS MAN DONE A COURAGES THANG IN HE'S LIFE IM NOT TOTALLY AWARE OF ALL THE HISTORY OF CESAR CHAVEZ AND I CAN UNDER STAND THE PASSION MY GRANDMA TO CAME TO CALIF. FROM TEXAS AT THE TIME AND LIVED IN TENTS ON THE DIRT TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNINGS TO WORK A LONG HARD DAY IN THE FIELDS IM LOVE VERY MUCH AND SHE IS GAONE NOW I WILL ALWAYS CARRY HER INE MY HEART. IT UNFOURTUNITE THAT IM BEING DISCRIMATED ON HERE THROUGH THIS SOME WHAT OF A POWER FULL MAN BY THE NAME OF RAY PROMO HIS DIVENT AND COLD I EVEN GET THREATS OF MY CHILDREN AND HIS GOT THE MEXICANS VOTE ON THIS ONLY BECUASE HE HAS THE DARK GOVERMENT ON HIS SIDE SO ITS HARD TO FIGHT AND THIS WHY NO ONE HELPS TO FIGHT FOR THE EXCUSS ME FOR MY CHILDREN SAD HUH? THEY LIE AND THEY DONE VERY BAD, HE SAID ONE TIME THAT MONEY IS EVIL AND SAID CATHY I WONDER IF HE SOME WHAT PAID THE MEXICAN GOVERMENT FOR THEME NOT TO EXEPT ME CUASE EVEN MY CHILDRENS GRANDPARENTS MY WHERE VERY HARD WORKERS HERE IN SAN JOSE FOR THAT EVIL MAN TO HAVE THE MEXICANS TURN THERE BACKS ON WHAT MEXICANS ARE VERY PROUD OF HARD WORKING MEXICANO FAMILIAS THATS SOMETHING ELSE RETHA? SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE WRITTING A BOOK AND IT HURTS SO BAD NOT TO HAVE ANY SUPPORT I FEEL LIKE SCREAMING SO HARD I HAVE TO GO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME
9/30/05

At the end of the second video in the chicano video series FIGHT IN THE FIELDS one of the growers says that he felt like he had betrayed his workers when he signed the Delano contract for better worker conditions in 1969. I can not figure out why he felt this way. If anyone has insight on this please post your response.
9/26/05
FRANCES VELEZ

To whom this may concern,,, I would like to know able the good things that some of the farmers did for some of the hispanic workers... We have all heard and read about the bad issues... My father was one of the crew leaders who worked for some of the farmers and us his childern as workers... My father and the farmers we worked for ALWAYS went out of their way to help the workersat our expense, my father would get better paybetter housing, for the workers. Also made sure these families had food and proper care and school for their children... before they step foot out onto the fields, With the help of the farmers... My father said little about Chavez But knew what he stood for TO MAKE A NAME FOR HIMSELF with the hard work of others... The hispanic families need to learn to speak up for themselfs and learn the laws in which (state) they live in... and their families to be heard... and helped. Again I only know what my father would tell us, there is always two sides to this... Can you add to the other...My father and our famly helped the childen and wifes of the husbands who followerd Chavez to strike did the UFW hepl feed the families? Maybe some but not all... F.VELEZ
9/26/05
M. Bader
Deerfield Beach, FL

I think that your website is a very good resource, I am doing a project about famous Hispanic Americans and how they impacted America. Cesar Chavez was a great man and he did great things.
9/23/05

its a good thing that cesar chavez did
6/7/05
Maria
Utah

Bueno a mi opinion para mi Cesar Chavez si fue alguien grande porque cambio muchas cosas y no solo en algunos lugares pero en muchos antes a los que trabajaban en ranchos ni siquiera de beber les daban ni tampoco un descanso y ahora si al muchacho que puse que no camobio nada tienes que ver los trabajadores y ver como viven yo trabaje con los trabajadores de cosecha y ahora los patrones hasta casas y tansporte les dan y con rentas muy bajas para que lo que ganan les aguante a la mejor haci es aqui en utah nose en otros lados pienso que California es igual haci que si hizo muchos cambios.
4/28/05
Lynwood CA

Yo debia hacer un trabajo de alguien que yo no conocia solo de nombre Cesar Chavez pero yo no estaba familiarizada con su lucha y su movimiento que son realmente interesantes, es muy triste darme cuenta que es alguien de sangre latina que lucho por nuestros derechos y muchos de nosotros no sepamos quien es, cuando es alguien que aporto bienestar y derechos en pro de la mejoria de los Mexicanos radicados en este pais.

Seria semamente importante y educativo que en las escuelas de todo nivel tomaran el tiempo de ensenar quien es, que hizo por que lo hizo, o por lo menos dejar la asignatura de averiguar hacerca de el, ya que es alguien que forma parte de la historia de este pais.

4/19/05
Salinas CA

Althoug Chavez did do a lot for the field workers and he was able to become this great guy... why do some people not like him. İFor example an older man that i spoke with told me, if he did so much for his people, why is it that he became big, but people out in the fields are still the same. İThey do not live any better than they did before. İi'm just a bit confused i guess...

4/6/05

i think that this is a great website. i am currently working on a research paper and i was able to get just about all of my information from your site. i learned more about chavez and his well doings that i even knew exsisted... i also recomended htis to a few people working on the assignment that i am.


10/14/04
Washington, DC

i'm a high school student here in washington, dc. i attend a school that is actually named after cesar chavez, Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School for the Public Policies. in my public policy class our teacher had us watch the movie and i really liked it. but there was one thing i think i didn't catch about the movement... Why did they pick the colors red black and white to represent themselves?... but other than that i really enjoyed this documentary!




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