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Cesar Chavez, Organizer for Social Justice


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This presentation is by a student from the Fall 2011 session of "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change," part of the online education program at The School for New Learning. Tom …

This presentation is by a student from the Fall 2011 session of "Acting Up - Using Theater & Technology for Social Change," part of the online education program at The School for New Learning. Tom Tresser, instructor -

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  • 1.  
  • 2. The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Cesar Chavez
    • Born in 1927 into a Mexican-American family residing outside of Yuma, Arizona
    • Thrust into farm labor after 8th grade graduation in order to help his mother avoid the fields
    • Exposed early to the physical, mental and financial toll of farm work
    • Motivated by persistence for the pursuit of justice
  • 3. Driving Forces
    • His father, Librado, and the lesson of perseverance
    • Fred Ross, Saul Alinksy, and the CSO
    • Desire for education
  • 4. Librado Chavez
    • Lost the family home when it was sold out from underneath them, but failed to lose hope for the future
    • Had plans for his children to have the opportunity to go to college
  • 5. Fred Ross, Saul Alinksy and the CSO
    • Fred Ross sought out Chavez
    • Mentored him in organizing style
    • Ross's strength lay in his ways with people - a trait Chavez focused on learning
    • Fred Ross was a student of Saul Alinksy
    • Chavez was recruited to Los Angeles to work as part of Saul Alinsky's Community Service organization
    • Within the CSO, Chavez learned the core basics of building a union
  • 6. Education for Self-Empowerment
    • Cesar understood that education was the key to personal freedom
    • In assisting the farm workers, he and his wife also taught them to read and write, a crucial skill to have your desires heard
  • 7. And in the beginning there was...
    • NFWA - National Farm Workers Association
    • Dolores Huerta
    After which came....
  • 8. THE UFW United Farm Workers
  • 9. A Successful Union
    • Started with house meetings:
      • addressed problems with people from the community
    • Training of members:
      • crucial to dedication, focused on legislative process
    • Developed community allies:
      • churches, student groups, pre-existing organized labor groups
    • Dissolved race lines:
      • members included those of Dominican, Mexican, Mexican-American, Filipino, African-American, Puerto Rican and Arab decent
  • 10. Non-Violence: A Way of Life & Protest
    • Chavez loved animals and people alike, he sought to be a gentle part of society
    • Inspired by Gandhi, Cesar incorporated fasting into his non-violent protests
  • 11. Organizing for Change
    • “ Compromise was not the UFW way.”
    • -Fred Ross
    • Chavez and the UFW fought to make a lasting difference in the community
    • Gathering thousands of voices on paper, in signatures, and in the flesh, he gave people the power to help themselves
  • 12. “ The love for justice that is in us is not only the best part of our being but it is also the most true to our nature.” - Cesar Chavez CESAR CHAVEZ 1927 - 1993