Lobo Library News

March 2020

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Dolores Huerta & Cesar E. Chavez

This month is a very special one for our school. Not only is it the celebrated Women's History Month, it is also the month in which we celebrate our school's namesake, Cesar Chavez, on March 30th. For this reason, this newsletter is dedicated to both American icons.

Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW), a union dedicated to protecting the rights of farm workers. "The agricultural community where they lived was made up of Mexican, Filipino, African-American, Japanese and Chinese working families." (Dolores Huerta Foundation). It was a struggle that lasted many years. Mahatma Gandhi's nonviolent method was used as inspiration and as a guide to fight for their rights as workers. The movement also included many women and young children and it was necessary to create a safe space for them.

Please use this newsletter as a souce of information to learn more about Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta: Early Days

Introduction to the Farm Worker Movement

After viewing the video below, ask yourself these questions:

  • Why did the Bracero Program make it difficult to organize farm workers into a union?
  • What was the strategy that Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta chose to overcome the history of violence associated with past efforts to organize farm workers?
  • What were some of the symbols of the farm worker movement? What concepts did they represent?
  • Contrast the leadership styles of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez.
  • How did Cesar Chavez differ from many of the Latino community leaders that came before him? How did his leadership help dispel stereotypes or assumptions some Latinos held about themselves?

Source: PBS

Click picture below titled "The Farm Worker Movement" to access the video.

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A NAACP flyer calling for support for the grape boycott, 1965.

A 1969 flyer from the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee advising consumer about the dangers of eating grapes sprayed with pesticides.

“Warning: Eating Grapes May Be Hazardous to Your Health,” Digital Public Library of America, http://dp.la/item/035e2068918fbbf34e41af8d60497454.
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Download below for copy of: "A Trilogy of Nonviolent Movements"

Cesar Chavez: American Civil Rights Activist - Fast Facts | History

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