Cesar Chavez

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to help Cesar's cause

"Detroit Supporter"

Detroit Supporter

I didn’t go to college after high school graduation.  I was always shy but it was until sometime in 1972 that I decided to became involved with the the UFW and their boycotts. I had cousins working in the fields and canneries. But it wasn’t until I heard Msr. Kern, Bishop Gumbleton and Arturo Rodriguez speak of the farmworkers being exploited and their hardships which influenced me to become a supporter.  I especially liked the nonviolence principle of Cesar Chavez.  During the 1970s, I got to meet Cesar Chavez several times and some of his family when they were living and organizing the Detroit area.  I was involved in marches, store front rallies, worked in the UFW office and for UFW fundraisers and was even arrested in Woodhaven. I even participated in a march in the Stockton area against the Gallo industry. By 1980, I got over my shyness and decided to go to college and became a social worker.  Because of Cesar Chavez, I decided to continue working with mostly Latino immigrants and low-income families in the Detroit area.  I became a community activist and worked in political campaigns. Because of my knowledge regarding farmworkers, I was able to assist farmworkers obtain amnesty back in 1987-89. Now I am employed at the Legal Aid office in Detroit as a bilingual paralegal with background experience in immigration law. Soon I will be retiring and I hope to continue volunteering.  I believe Cesar Chavez should be considered for sainthood in the Catholic Church.