Monday, March 31, 2014

never about grapes or lettuce

Diego Luna did a marvelous job directing a just released film about the life of American labor leader César Chávez, who cofounded the United Farm Workers. You may have already seen the movie - if not, I urge you to. I also urge you to learn more about this man whom many will be honoring today.

Cesar Chavez's birthday (today), is a state holiday here in California, and also in Colorado and Texas. Even thought it is not a federal holiday, President Barack Obama proclaimed today as Cesar Chavez Day in the United States, urging us to "observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor César Chávez's enduring legacy."

Chavez was one of those people I write about here every day - he was someone who made a difference - he was someone who gave back! He used nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farm workers, leading marches, calling for boycotts and going on a number of hunger strikes. Chavez also brought awareness to the dangers of pesticides to the health of farm workers. He is quoted as saying "The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people."
Making the difference in the lives of so many people, it is fitting and proper that we honor him today.  What an excellent time also to find out more about him and to build on his leadership and make a difference ourselves.

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