Cesar Chavez

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Celebrating the Farmworkers’ Filipino American Champion

From SFBG.com, Dick Meister, 20 Feb 2012. Dick Meister, former Labor Editor of SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. He’s co-author of “A Long Time Coming: The Struggle To Unionize America’s Farm Workers.” Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 350 of his columns. … Continue reading

UFW Marchers Reach Capitol, Celebrate Proposed Labor Reforms

From VCStar.com, Ventura County Star, Timm Herdt, 4 Sept 2011. SACRAMENTO CA: Alfredo Zamora, a 52-year-old unionized mushroom picker at the California Mushroom Farm in Ventura, took two unpaid weeks off work so that he could walk 200 miles up the Central Valley in triple-digit heat. There was a day, struggling in the heat to … Continue reading

The Fight Continues: Farm Workers Walk Asking Better Working Conditions

From BWNews.us, Mayra Barrios, Bilingual Weekly, 4 Sept 2011. San Joaquin Valley CA — In 1962 Carolina Holguin marched along the leader Cesar Chavez through the streets of San Joaquin County. Every step of a long journey was to demand better working conditions for farm workers. Today, 30-years later, Holguin steps` are slower but move … Continue reading

Richard Chavez, Farmworker Union Head, Dies at 81

From FresnoBee.com, The Associated Press, 28 Jul 2011. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Richard Chavez, who helped brother Cesar Chavez build the United Farmworkers of America, has died at the age of 81. He died Wednesday at a Bakersfield hospital of complications from surgery, union spokeswoman Maria Machuca said. “Richard understood that the struggle for a more … Continue reading

Editorial: Another Blow to Farmworkers

From NYTimes.com, Editorial, 5 Jul 2011. In California, once a national model of farmworker organizing and progressive labor laws, things have fallen far since the heyday of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. Of the more than 400,000 workers on 40,000 California farms, the union represents only a tiny share. It listed just 5,219 … Continue reading

The USS Non-Violence: Truly honoring Cesar Chavez

From HispanicLA.com, Victor Paredes, 26 May 2011. I first learned about Cesar Chavez in my 6th grade social studies class as part of a series on leaders who advocated for human and civil rights through non-violent resistance.  I still remember that feeling of pride to hear a name like Chavez being the subject of focus … Continue reading

Editorial: Card Check No Friend of Farmworkers

From TheCalifornian.com, “Editorial: Card check no friend of farmworkers” 18 May 2011. [CA] — On Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk is a bill that will change the way farm workers in California decide whether they want union representation. Given Brown’s pro-union history and fierce support for the rights of farmworkers, he is likely to sign into … Continue reading

Lawmaker Criticizes Naming Ship for Cesar Chavez

From SFExaminer.com, The San Francisco Examiner, Julie Watson, The Associated Press, 17 May 2011. The U.S. Navy’s plan to name a cargo ship after the late farmworker activist Cesar Chavez received sharp criticism from a California Republican congressman who on Tuesday said the decision was unfair to military war heroes. Rep. Duncan Hunter, a member … Continue reading

Navy Considers Naming Ship after Cesar Chavez

From SanLuisObispo.com, The Tribune, The Associated Press, 16 May 2011. James Gill, a spokesman for General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, said Monday the company suggested the name to honor its mostly Hispanic work force and the mostly Hispanic neighborhood, Barrio Logan, where the boat builder is located. The other 13 cargo ships built by … Continue reading

Barajas: Park Service Explores the History of Farm Labor

From VCStar.com, Ventura County Star, Frank P. Barajas, 7 May 2011. Frank P. Barajas is associate professor of history at CSU Channel Islands. He wrote this piece for the History News Service. Fifty years ago, a single mother from the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico migrated to Southern California with four young daughters. The … Continue reading

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