Cesar Chavez Movement

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After the industrial revolution, work conditions in the United States quickly became a major problem. Individually a person could not do much, but there was strength in numbers. The formation of unions helped all these individuals unit and gave them a voice that could no longer be ignored. The formation of unions helped pave the way for better work conditions for these workers. One of the groups seeking better work conditions were the American farm workers. They sought what so many groups before them sought: better treatment, better pay and better work conditions. César Estrada Chávez was an important figure head behind this movement and his loyalty and dedication to this cause has made him an icon. The late César Chávez played an integral…show more content…
The Delano boycott and strike is one example of his none violence approach. Originally it was a primarily Filipino boycott, but they reached out to Cesar Chavez for help. The NFWA was a union that consisted of mostly Mexican American farmer workers. He knew how growers historically pitted one race against another to break field walkouts (UFW.org). Chávez understood that things had to be done differently this time around in order for this strike to succeed. If not, it would end up like so many strikes before in failure and no progress towards better work conditions. One of the most memorable moments of the strike was the march from Delano to Sacramento. Seventy strikers left Delano on foot on March 17, 1966, led by Chavez. They walked nearly 340 miles in 25 days (UFW.org). This march help garner national attention to the cause and Americans across the nation started to take notice. In total the strike lasted five years from 1965 to 1970 by the time the strike ended Chavez and his union were able to get grape growers to offer them better work conditions and…show more content…
He was born into a migrant farm working family and new first hands the struggle that that life provided. He help form the NFWA in order to combat these injustices. He believed in non-violent protest like those conducted my MLK or Gandhi. He led a boycott and strike of grapes between 1965 and 1970 in which ultimately led to the grape growers to give in to Chavez and the union. During this strike he led a march from Delano to Sacramento in which they walked 340 miles in 25 days. When he felt his followers might lose their way and result to violence he fasted for 25 days to show his determination and resolve. Today he is an Icon for many Mexican Americans and like many activist before him he helped pave a better tomorrow for his
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