Cesar Chavez

Tell us what you did
to help Cesar's cause

"Grape Boycott"

Grape Boycott

In the early 80s I remember a grape boycott. People I knew who were activists told me not to eat grapes because they were protesting against the growers.  I did not understand why exactly, only that I trusted those who told me not to buy or eat grapes.  They were boycotting them because they believed strongly in the cause and so I also chose to be a part of this and told others not to buy or eat grapes as well.  It was not until a few years later when my son was in Junior High that he brought home a book about Cesar Chavez. He had to select a book and do a report.  He chose the book because he was a Mexican American and we are Mexican American.  My Grandparents migrated to Indiana in the late 40s early 50s to plant the tomatoes and on into Michigan to pick cherries, cherries paid more money than picking tomatoes.  So my son thought it was nice to read about someone who had a similar background.  I myself was curious about this man in the book, who was of Mexican descent, so I chose to read it also.  It was at that time I learned more about who Ceasar Chavez was, and was proud of what he accomplished and have always said from that time, he was, and will always be, an inspiration to me.  I think we all can learn a lot from what he did.  I have become an activist myself and would like to help organize, and have taken a few classes through my union on organizing. I go to protests and speak up for those who need a voice.