November 4, 2011
Viva La Causa!
“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength,” Cesar Chavez. The migrant workers were trapped in a cycle of poverty and it was not their fault; however, migrant workers found strength and brought about change in their lives by standing up for themselves, end the injustice once and for all, and be free. In the following paragraphs, I will explain and compare the migrant worker’s prejudice, misery, and depression. In the following paragraphs, I shall also include the novel, “…And the Earth Did Not Devour Him” by Tomas Rivera, the documentary, “Chicano: Struggle in the Fields”, “Chicano: Student Protests 1968 in East L.A.”, and the movie “Walkout” and explain all of injustice and prejudice in the stories of all of these people.
“The fight is never about lettuce or grapes; it’s always the people…There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance,” Cesar Estrada Chavez was a Mexican-American farm worker and civil rights activist born on March 31, 1927, died on April 23, 1993. He and Dolores Huerta founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW). He was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona and his family owned a grocery store and a big ranch, but their land was lost during the Great Depression. The then moved to California and became migrant workers. In 1944, he joined the Navy in hopes of learning new skills, but then discovered that Mexican-Americans in the Navy could only work as janitors. At the time, migrant workers, in 1964, would make about two dollars a day, which pretty much meant that they made 20 to 30 cents an hour. Now in 2011, these workers make a dollar fifty an hour. The Filipinos were the very first group to go on strike for higher wages, but that was a fail....