By Gary Soto
¡Viva l. a. causa!
¡Viva César Chávez!
Up and down the San Joaquin Valley of California, and around the kingdom, humans chanted those phrases. Cesar Chavez, a migrant employee himself, used to be supporting Mexican american citizens interact for greater wages, for higher operating stipulations, for larger lives.
No one idea they can win opposed to the wealthy and robust growers. yet Cesar was once out to end up them improper -- and that he did.
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It wasn’t uncommon to see such evictees living on the sides of roads. Many were from Mexico, far from home. ” Many people still had those feelings in the 1940s and 1950s. The Chavez family returned to Delano in time to start cutting grapes. But Cesar stayed behind in Corcoran. He could see the power of a strike. It gave him hope. Cesar’s spirit was lifted further when he met Fred Ross, founder of the Community Service Organization, known as the CSO. This organization was established in 1950 to help urban Mexican Americans in East Los Angeles.
Cesar’s answer would be that he wanted to start a movement to make life better for farmworkers. By 1965 Chicanos—Mexican Americans—would call that movement simply, la causa, the cause to change how farmworkers were treated. The cause, also, to change how all Mexican Americans were treated in small rural towns and in the larger cities. ”would become the chant of the farmworker. CHAPTER TWO Beginnings CESAR’S DESIRE TO fight injustice probably started when he was ten years old. His family lost its 118-acre farm outside of Yuma, Arizona, when the Chavez family couldn’t afford to pay the taxes they owed on it.
If the local Chicano, Filipino, and Mexicans didn’t want to work for what the growers believed was a fair wage, they would get others to take their place. During October labor contractors brought in Mexican workers to take the place of strikers. These workers felt bad when they realized a strike had been called. Still, two or three busloads of strikebreaking workers arrived daily from Mexico. They harvested the grapes. Once that was done, they were left to try to find work on their own. The large growers didn’t care about the Mexican workers once the harvests were finished.
Cesar Chavez. A Hero for Everyone by Gary Soto