Cesar Chavez: A Voice for Farmworkersby Barbara C. Cruz
As a boy, Cesar Chavez picked peas, grapes, and other crops in the hot sun. It was a life of exhaustion, poverty, and despair. His life as a migrant farm worker had a profound effect on Chavez. With a commitment to nonviolence, Chavez staged boycotts, strikes, and other protests to bring national attention to the terrible working and living conditions of the farmworkers. He organized a labor union-which became the United Farm Workers Union-to demand higher pay and better treatment. Cesar Chavez never earned much money. He never owned a car or a house. He was simply an ordinary man with extraordinary vision and commitment.
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