Moral Courage, the courage to take action for moral reasons in spite of the risk of unfavorable consequences. And that is exactly what Chavez had while helping migrant workers. He risked his life going on hunger strikes and fasting. “It is believed that Chavez’s hunger strike contributed to his death” (Cesar Chavez Biography, A&E Television Networks, 2017). Cesar said about the fast, “A fast is first and foremost personal, it is a fast for the purification of my own body, mind, and soul.
Cesar Chavez’s fight for improving working conditions for farmers helped him gather a large following of Mexican Americans. By implementing elements of Catholicism and parts of his Mexican heritage into his rallies using The Virgen de Guadalupe as a symbol for protection, and by protesting through the use of nonviolence and self-sacrifice, Cesar Chavez managed to start a revolution in America to get first class citizenship for Mexican Americans. In order to create a following with the Mexican farm workers, Cesar had to not only fight for the rights of the workers, but he also had to connect with them spiritually. For example, the author writes, “One cannot understand this significant struggle by interpreting it only as a labor one. This was also a spiritual struggle enveloped by Mexican American Catholic beliefs, symbols, and traditions” (Garcia 12).
Cesar chavez was a leader who gave a voice to the people who did not have one. Our monument will have a statue of Caesar standing above a pillar. He will look like he is shouting and he will be holding up poster of his black eagle on one hand. The black eagle is the symbol that is printed on the flag of the United Farm Workers (UFW). This organization was created from a merger of two organizations, one of them being created by Cesar Chavez.
When the world is engulfed in injustice, it calls for brave men and women to fight back, but the question is how should one fight? Most would resort to violence to kill off injustice, but this leads to even more violence and chaos in most cases than intended. If someone is going to be shot the first reaction is to fight off the killer. However, Cesar Chavez implies in his powerful essay the weakness of violence in a unjust situation and instead the power of nonviolence. Cesar Chavez, in his excerpt He showed us the Way, utilizes strong pathos, ethos and logos statements, precise diction, and valuable patterns of development to convey the power nonviolence has in fights for freedoms and rights.
To begin with, Chavez uses logos in his speech through a rhetorical question, “Who gets killed in the case of violent revolution? The poor, the workers.” The people who are arguing for violent revolutions are mostly poor workers whom Chavez refers to. Chavez uses logic to show these people that if they use violent revolts, they are most likely the ones going to be killed which for the most part will deter the people who are aiming for this. Another appeal Chavez uses is ethos to show everyone as people we are expected to do the right thing. In the speech he says, “We are convinced that when people are faced with a direct appeal from the poor struggling nonviolently against great odds, they will react positively.” This appeals to peoples’ morals by saying people are expected to react in a positive way when dealing with struggling
Labor union organizer and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez paid homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an inspiring article regarding nonviolent resistance published in 1978 on the tenth anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. Advocating militant nonviolence as means of achieving justice, Chavez offers a compelling stance as to why and how the farm workers’ movement can prosper. His gradual shift from hypothetical to practiced nonviolence, refutation of differing opinions, and desire to unite the common American people all contribute to a cogent exhortation on the necessity of nonviolent protest. Although it is inconspicuous, the slight tone shifts within the article add a great deal of strength to the overall persuasiveness of Chavez’s argument. Beginning with an analysis of Dr. King’s life, death, and effect
Cesar Chavez Rhetorical Analysis Throughout the existence of mankind, many cultures and civilizations have encountered a form of injustice treatment that has resulted in political movements. Some were supported by violence, such as the Revolutionary War, which was an ultimate result of Great Britain’s lack of freedom of religion, while others, such as the women’s suffrage movement, were based solely on nonviolence. In one of his magazine articles, Cesar Chavez explores Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea that nonviolent resistance is the most powerful when fighting injustice as well as why and how this is possible. Throughout the entire article, Chavez works in a compare and contrast mode as a means to construct a juxtaposition of violent
Cesar Chavez and Gandhi are both two different people that defended other people.They both wanted to accomplish an important goal that would change the future for other people to have their rights.Cesar wanted to get paid more money for what they were working for by protesting to the owner of the company and not eat the food the company distributed.Gandhi wanted India to be free once again and not ruled by Great Britain so he gather people to go protest to the government he wanted to accomplish a goal that would help the people of India.He was remembered to a model to the people for helping to free India.Cesar Chavez helped more people because they would die if they did not have money so he helped them get more money. Cesar Chavez Helped more people because all of the immigrants were coming to america to make money to feed their families.He did this because the owners of the fields were not paying the workers much money so he decided to start strikes,marches,boycotts,and fasts they decided to do this so that the owner of the company would not earn money and pay the workers more money. This helped the workers a lot because then the workers got their rights and were paid more .money.Then they started a society called the UFW this was established to help farm workers that were not treated well.He left a great future the next generation
It provides many details with the grape strike and how many people were involved in the strike. Dunne showed that anyone can achieve greatness as long as they have the backbone and support. Anyone who is interested in learning about the grape strike, or someone who want to start an organization will get great ideas when reading this book. It shows how powerful Chavez was without using violence to achieve goals. The book is also a boundless read for minorities because people did not see minorities being capable to anything.
California was riddled with labor strife throughout the 1930s, with the largest labor strike occurring in 1933, which was the San Joaquin Cotton Valley Strike. Steinbeck briefly refers to this strike when he says, “the workers realize that the problem of the small farmer is not unlike their own. We have the example in the San Joaquin Valley two years ago of a small farmer who sided with the workers in the cotton strike.” The strike included thousands of laborers, 80% whom were Mexicans. The reason there were so many Mexicans in the strike was because Mexicans were the labor of choice in California during this time. They were regarded as vulnerable foreigners that could quickly be deported away back to Mexico if any of them ever made any demands such as demanding a higher wage.