Cesar Chavez

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"I was very Blessed with the experience and pleasure of Working for and Supporting The United FarmWorkers Of America AFL/CIO"

I was very Blessed with the experience and pleasure of Working for and Supporting The United FarmWorkers Of America AFL/CIO

My story starts back when I was very young, My parents supported the grape boycott. I met Ernie Santos Jr. in 1983. Our first date was on a picket line. His parents Ernie and Elvira Santos were supporters from the beginning. Ernie Jr. and I and our children moved to La Paz, Keene, Ca. in 1987. We both worked for the Legal Dept. I became a Legal Secretary and Ernie worked as a ParaLegal and was working towards becoming an Attorney. We have wonderful stories of our personal time with Cesar. I remember one winter our pipes froze. I walked outside to see if I could find someone to help and Cesar was walking to his office from home and he came up and wanted to know if everthing was okay. I told him about the pipes. He checked the pipes and fixed the problem. I thought to myself, Cesar is such a busy man and he took time out to help us, he didn’t ask anyone to help him, he did it himself. I worked for awhile in Cesar’s office. We were in the car traveling to an appointment and he wanted me to take notes. Good thing I had a lot of paper because Cesar had a lot to say. He had me start over three times to get it right, in between stopping for a donut. I have to say, when i have a donut it brings me back to that day and I was Blessed to have that one on one time with Cesar. He taught me a lot and I am forever grateful for the time I spent with him and his family and with the United Farm Workers of America. Ernie helped Cesar through the fast. I came back to Orange County. When Cesar would come to Orange County for speaking events, he would call and ask me to meet him there. He liked to have people around him that he knew. Ernie and I walked the last march behind Cesar’s casket. I looked up in the sky and there was a cloud formation that looked like an eagle between a big V. I knew Cesar was looking down at us and was proud of us all. My children share these stories in school and with Friends and are very proud to be supporters of The United FarmWorkers of America AFL/CIO.