Cesar Chavez

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"The Farmworker's Boycott for Better Conditions"

The Farmworker's Boycott for Better Conditions

I was in my early 20s, living in Berkeley.  It was the time of the hippie movement and the anti-Viet Nam war movement, along with the civil rights struggle.  Cesar Chavez brought the plight of the farmworkers to the attention of all those who were trying to bring justice to society in the United States.  It was slow at first, but I was glad to join the boycotts on grapes and lettuce, as were all my progressive friends.  He brought attention not only to the bad working conditions which farmworkers were exposed, but to the dangerous and harmful pesticides which were being placed on our food.  He and Dolores Huerta were the first modern Latino/Latina civil rights heroes in the United States and helped broaden the civil rights movement, for which we can all be grateful.