Ceasr Chavez Essay

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Caesar Chavez was born near Yuma, Arizona on March 31, 1927. Chavez was employed in the nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farmworkers, As a labor leader, Chavez led marches, called for boycotts and went on several hunger strikes. Chavez dedicated his life to improving the treatment, pay, and working conditions for farm workers. He knew all too well the hardships farm workers faced. When he was young, Chavez and his family toiled in the fields as migrant farm workers. After working as a community and labor organizer in the 1950s, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962. This union joined with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee in its first strike against grape growers in California in 1965. The two unions merged, and the resulting union was renamed the United Farm Workers in 1972.Chavez and his union won several victories for the workers when many growers signed contracts with the union. He faced more challenges through the years from other growers and the Teamsters Union. All the while, he continued to oversee the union and work to advance his cause.He died on April 23, 1993, in San Luis, Arizona. At the ceremony there was music performed by a mariachi band by the name of “Cachanilla” from Mexicali. The guest speaker Adolph Lopez was a good and very close friend to Caesar Chavez and was also side by side with him through a lot of the union movements. Adolph told one particular story of the time they were boycotting the…