Cesar Chavez

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Submitted By lesliem925
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Social Movements and Trends
May 29 2012
In the rare occasions when the U.S looks at unions, the media tends to view social movements as the creation of strong leaders. The view of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers is one of the most evident events of all. Cesar Chavez the famous activist would have been 85 years old today. After his death in 1993 an abundance of coverage assumed that the Unite Farm Workers would not survive the tragedy. The Chicano movement began during the Civil Rights era with three main goals which included the restoration of land, rights for farm workers and developments in education. Prior to the 1960’s Latinos had no influence when it came to the national political arena. There was a complete turnaround in the 1960’s when the Mexican American Political Association worked to elect President John F. Kennedy, creating Latinos as a significant voting alliance. After Kennedy won the election he showed his appreciation towards the Latino community by assigning Hispanics to posts in his administration and he also took in consideration the concerns of the Hispanic community. Latinos, mainly Mexican Americans began demanding and were very persisting towards the reforms made in labor and education to meet their needs. Under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, the Chicano movement in the 1960's used economic pressure rather than violence to pursue civil rights for Mexican-Americans. The fight during the 1960’s to secure unionization for farm workers is the most well-known battle for Mexican Americans. Chicanos were active members of the Mexican-American community who wanted Mexican-Americans to be proud of their cultural heritage. Cesar Chavez was inspired by Ghandi and looked for ways to find non-violent methods, including strikes by farm workers and a general boycott of grapes to obtain economic and political power. In 1965 a national…...

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