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Cesar Chavez Holiday Former United Farm Workers President Cesar Chavez unmasked our institutions and our leaders and exposed them for to what they really were -- not what they pretended to be Chavez did it in life and now he does it in death Chavez is once again the subject of a controversial issue but this time its not about workers rights When the California Senate considered a bill to memorialize Chavez by making his birthday March 31 a state holiday the masks came off The Senate approved the bill 23-0 and sent it to the Assembly But 16 senators abstained The dissenters Republicans who opposed the bill didnt even have the guts to make a counter-argument for fear of appearing anti-Latino given the affection that many but not all Latinos feel for Chavez Arnette B2 This fear is not unfounded Latino voters make for a high percentage in California today Strip away the politics and the reasons for a Cesar Chavez holiday are clear But will this bill pass What reasons are there to have a Cesar Chavez holiday Many people equate his work to that of Martin Luther Kings work for African-American people But is another holiday needed When it comes to Cesar Chavez separating the man from the myth can be troublesome He was a great leader but a complicated man Chavez began to organize grape pickers in 1962 when he also established the United Farm Workers of America UFW He led a successful grape and lettuce boycott in order to raise wages and working standards His nonviolent methods proved to be very effective against the farming agents Chavez remained committed to nonviolence in spite of pressures to abandon it He declared that the truest act of courage the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally nonviolent struggle for justice Levy 31 Many people do support a Chavez holiday It cant be denied that by
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