Cesar Chavez

Tell us what you did
to help Cesar's cause

"from afar"

from afar

As a young wife of a Cornell professor, I was fortunate to hear Cesar Chavez when he came to speak to the Cornell community. He was irresistibly inspiring and we became longtime supporters from afar, participating in boycotts (and explaining why), contributing financially, lobbying our state legislators to require decent treatment of the migrant workers in upstate New York. His California movement continues to inspire. Cornell, our land grant college, seems more attuned to corporate agriculture needs (e.g., bovine growth hormone) than to recognize the importance of organic approaches that preserve the land and protect the farm workers. The USDA mission for many years was to ensure cheap and plentiful food—nothing about safe,nutritious or healthful food. There is still so much to do…