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Justin Nguyen, Staff Writer

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Cesar Chavez was an American civils rights activist, who was borned on March 31, 1927. Cesar Chavez grew up in Yuma, Arizona with his two brothers and two sisters. His father owned a farm and a grocery store, but when Cesar was 11 years old, the Great Depression lead to Cesar’s family losing everything. This made them move to California because they had nothing left in Arizona.

When they arrived to California, Cesar’s family looked for jobs on farms. They moved from  farm to farm trying to look for work. His family worked in farms that varied from grapes to beets. Working on farms isn’t the easiest way to make money, and the Chavez family struggled because wages were low. Cesar had a hard time growing up because he attended over 30 schools in California due to his family constantly moving from one place to another. Cesar had to drop out of school during his 8th grade year so he could support his family financially.

In 1948, Cesar married a woman who was also from a migrant farm and they had eight children, but Cesar was still forced back to work on the farms for two years. Then he joined the Community Service Organization, and worked for the civil rights of Latinos. He worked at the CSO for 10 year before he started a union in 1962 called the National Farm Worker Association, and later changed to the United Farm Workers. The union started off with family members and they recruited people on the farms. Many disbelieved in the union and people thought that they were going to lose their jobs because if it. The first act of the union was the Grape Workers March, which was a strike against grape farmers. It was were Cesar and 67 workers marched from Delano, California to Sacramento, California. The group grew to thousands off people on the 340 miles march. After the march, grape farmers agreed to the worker’s conditions and made a contract with the union. Cesar continued the union for several decades, which lead him to be one of the leading civil rights activist in the 21st century. Cesar  Chavez passed away on April 23, 1993.

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Justin Nguyen is currently a junior enrolled at Herbert Hoover High School located in San Diego, California. He is Vietnamese mixed with a little bit of...

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