Cesar Chavez

by Rene Castro - 6th Period

Brief Background

Cesar Chavez was a Chicano farm worker, civil rights activist, and labor union leader. He fought to improve wages, working conditions, and overall way of life for migrant farm workers. Chavez organized a number of fasts, produce boycotts, and created labor unions. Chavez's believed in Gandhi's theory of nonviolent protest which influenced many of his demonstrations.
Mini Bio: Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez and Civil Disobedience

Cesar Chavez represents the ideas found in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" through his determination to change the labor system in Delano, California. He felt that the system was unjust and did not give the worker things such as fair pay, job security, and better working conditions. His opinion on the labor system connects well with Thoreau's disgust towards slavery.