Cesar Chavez

Tell us what you did
to help Cesar's cause

"March to Sacramento, 1966"

March to Sacramento, 1966

My father, Henry, was an early supporter of the UFWA. He had a strong belief in the value of the work done by farm workers and felt that many growers mistreated and exploited their help.  I was young at the time, not even a teenager, and traveled with my father to meetings, rallies, etc.  during the March to Sacramento in 1966 we joined in and became more involved with the UFWA.  I am honored to be in the attached photo, I am the girl with the curly hair just to the right of Cesar.  I went on to be an activist in high school and college; always supporting the UFW causes and then went to work for the UFW when I ended my college career.  I first worked in the organizing department out of the Selma Field Office, then was trained in contract negotiations.  I eventually went to Sacramento to work the lobbying effort for the Agricultural Labor Relations Act.  After we successfully lobbied the ALRA, I was assigned to the Legal Department and investigated cases of unfair labor practices in the areas between Delano and Livingston.  I went to live in La Paz, the National Headquarters, and left the UFW in 1978.  The training I received from the UFW allowed me to apply for, and get, a job with Fresno County as a criminal investigator.  I held this position until my retirement in 2007.  I will be forever grateful to the UFW for educating me in areas that schools can never teach; the kinds of things you have to experience in order to understand.  Since leaving the UFW I have tried to help out in whatever way I can.