Cesar Chavez – Generation Justice

The Cesar Chavez march was in honor of a man who changed the world. During the great depression, he was forced to move out of his farm to California and work as a farm worker. At fifteen, he had to quit school because his father was disabled and he needed to help support the family. Farm workers lived and worked in inhumane conditions. The farm workers were also excluded by the National Labor Relations Act, which meant that they could not form a union.

Cesar Chavez studied the writing of St. Frances of Assisi and the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. When he organized the National Farm workers Association, he asked his members to follow a strict policy of non- violence.

He led workers and supporters on a historic march to get attention about the farm workers struggle for social justice. They boycotted grapes in 1968 because the large growers refused to negotiate with Cesar and his people. He fasted for twenty-five days to show his commitment to his cause and non-violence.

What I think about Cesar Chavez is that he was a man who liked to show his opposition to violence. He was a man who wanted to change the lives of the working class of America and others all over the world. The way he fasted for twenty-five days showed the world how much he did not like violence and fighting. Fighting to him did not solve any thing. To me, violence never solves problems. It just causes more and more problems.

This reminds me of the war happening in Palestine. The war has been happening for sixty-two years and it still has not solved anything. All it is doing is causing even more problems. What social justice means to me is that people need to be aware of their actions and how they affect others.

What Cesar Chavez stands for is change and equality for the entire world. I would say that Cesar was a hero because he fought for the rights of himself and others.

by: Bashar Jawad