Cesar Chavez

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"Cesar told us a joke."

I was helping on press during the Prop 14 Campaign back in 1976.  It was my job to call radio stations with a 15 or 20 second sound bite.  My co-worker Judy Martinez and were travelling around one day with Cesar and some other staff people.  We stopped at a little market on Sepulveda near UCLA.  Bought some food from a little market that sold Union grapes.  We then drove to a little park nearby.  As we were eating Cesar told a joke, wish I could remember it.  It was very corny, but also very funny.  Here was someone who I had and have such admiration for just being a regular person. 

My reason for being there that day was to ask Cesar to read a brief statement into the tape recorder, but I was warned he might do it.  Not only did he do it, but he then asked I wanted him to do it in Spanish.  I had never been able to do this on my other political campaign as the candidate didn’t speak Spanish.  I said yes and thanked him.  It is a day I will never forget.  I spent 30 years working on various progressive campaigns and this is one of my favorite stories.