Cesar Chavez

Chris Greening 1st period

Cesar Chavez's Movement

Cesar Chavez was a Civil rights activists who fought for the current standard for working conditions we have set in place today. One of the many movements he began was the grape strike of 1965 requesting that all who follow him not partake in the purchasing of grapes. This successfully raised wages and promised better working conditions. This accomplishment was not enough for Cesar; for the rest of his life he dedicated himself to raising the standard even more.

Cesar Chavez's Civil Disobedience

In "Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau the point of breaking unjust laws to openly point out the faults in the government emerges. Cesar Chavez practiced this idea from the time he was an old known activists to when he came home as a young man from the navy. Upon arriving home he committed his first act of civil disobedience, and broke a law. He went to a theatre and instead of sitting in the colored section he sat where the white men sat. When asked to retreat from his position by the manager he refused and held his position till the police arrested him. At this point in his life he had not yet made the problem with civil rights apparent to people. This rebellious act was not followed nor seen by a vast amount of people. He could have waited and convince people to join his movement; instead, he was "...alert to point out..." the government's "...faults...". Chavez acted in relation to Thoreau's ideals which proved effective, but also a gateway to further demonstrations. Chavez was one of many other activists who acted in ways Thoreau agreed with, but he also continues the question: should we, as citizens, obey our government waiting for progress rather than "transgress them at once"?