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Introduction Cesar Estrada Chavez founded and led the first successful farm workers union in history When he passed away on April 23 1993 he was president of the United Farm Workers Body AChild hood iBorn March 31 1927 near Yuma Arizona iiAge 10-father losses house and land iii1939 Settles to East San Jose Sal Si Puedes ivWorked fields in California Oxnard Atascadero King City Salinas Delano BReturn to Sal Si Puedes- San Jose 1952 iFred Ross- Organizer of CSO Community Service Organization iiChavez becomes organizer of CSO aVoter registration drives bBattling racial and economic discrimination against Chicano residence cOrganizing CSO chapters across Ca Arizona iiiCSO national leader late 1950s till early 1960s C1962 iTried to convince CSO to commit to farm worker organizing iiResigned position at CSO iiiNational Farm Workers Association NFWA ivFamily struggles v If youre outraged at conditions then you cant possibly be free or happy until you devote all your time to changing them and do nothing but that But you cant change anything if you want to hold onto a good job a good way of life and avoid sacrifice D1965 - 1966 iStarted a five-year boycott on Delano grape growers with an AFL-CIO American Federation of Labor Congress of Industrial Organization sponsored union iiTwo unions merge to form the UFW United Farm Workers aFrom the beginning UFW carried principles of non-violence bCreated a flag with the Aztec Eagle A symbol is an important thing that is why we choose the Aztec Eagle It gives pride When people see it they know it means dignity c25 day fast in 1968 to reaffirm the UFWs commitment to non-violence dRobert F Kennedy one of the heroic figures of our time E1970 iCalled for world wide grape boycott aLasted 5 years ii17 million American adults honored the boycott aIt forced the 1975 Agricultural Labor Relations Act iiiMoved with
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