Cesar Chavez

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"The first time I heard of Cesar"

The first time I heard of Cesar Chavez in 1961, he had started racus (boycott). My mother was so proud of him and she told me about what was going on in the San Juaquin Valley. Washington D.C. Offered him a job at 22,000 dollars a year which was a great amount of money at the time and he refused it, he wanted to be with the people. My mom believed they were trying to buy him out. It left me a statement if you really believe in a cause, you don’t let anything stand in your way. He was also willing to give his life for what he believed in and were not talking about violence because he was a non violent person. I am talking about his hunger strikes. He became an inspiration, by his perseverance and the way he had a set foundation. I was part of UMAS which later became MECHA in school. I told my friends who were students about the farm workers who needed help. As students we felt bad for them because they didnt have restroom facilities, housing, clean water, but what did have was dust, dirt, heat from the sun, pesticides, hunger, thirst, and low wages. We decided to organize and picket the stores. So we picketed various stores and some managers would intentionally taunt us. After that I went in the military and after the military and there were times where I still worked for them. I was happy to be part of the convention and hoping to see my friends and see how far we have come.

La primera vez que escuche de Cesar Chavez fue en el ano 1961, el habia empezado una huelga. Mi madre se sentia muy orgullosa de el y me conto acerca de lo que estaba occurriendo en San Joaquin Valley. Washington D.C. le habia ofrecido un trabajo de $22,000 al ano y en aquel tiempo era considerado una gran cantidad de dinero pero el no agarro el trabajo, el queria estar con la gente. Mi madre pensaba que lo querian sobornar. Me dejo con un pensamiento, si tu realmente crees en una causa no dejaras que nada oponga en el camino. El estaba dispuesto a dar su vida por lo que el creia pero de una manera sin violencia. Yo hablo acerca de las huelgas de hambre. El se convirtio en una inspiracion atra vez de su perseverencia y de como tenia establesido una fundacion. Yo era parte de UMAS que despues se cambio a Mecha, en la escuela. Yo le conte a mis amistades que eran estudiantes acerca de los campesinos que necesitaban ayuda. Como estudiantes nos sentimos muy mal por ellos porque no tenian acceso a banos, casa, agua limpia pero lo que si tenian era polvo, tierra, calor de el sol, pestisidas, hambre, sed, y bajos ingresos. Decidimos organizar y ocupar tiendas. Ocupamos varias tiendas y algunos mayordomos intencionalmente nos ignoraban. Despues de eso me meti al militar y despues de el militar habia tiempos donde yo todavia trabaja por ellos. Estaba contento haber sido parte de la convencion esperando que mis amistades miraran que tan lejos habiamos llegado.