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In the life of Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez was a famous labor leader He helped out the agricultural workers in problems they faced in the work force Chavez led several strikes to help the migrant workers get a higher pay and started a Labor Movement Chavez also urged Mexican-Americans to register and vote The actions that Chavez took called attention nationally With his attitude and courage he led other Mexican-Americans to speak up and stand up for themselves Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist a former farm worker and a leader Cesar Estrada Chavez was born on March 31 1927 near Yuma Arizona Chavez was named after his grandfather who escaped from slavery on a Mexican ranch and arrived in Arizona during the 1880s Cesar was the second child of a family of six Chavez began school at age seven but he found it difficult because his family spoke only Spanish At age 10 Chavez began life as a migrant worker when his father lost the land during the Depression Chavez learned many things from his mother She believed violence and selfishness were wrong and taught these lessons to her children Chavez and his family packed their belongings and headed to California in search of work In California the Chavez family became part of the migrant community traveling from farm to farm to pick fruits and vegetables during the harvest They lived in numerous migrant camps and often were forced to sleep in their car Chavez regularly attended more than thirty elementary schools often encountering cruel discrimination When he completed eighth grade Chavez quit school and started working full-time He also joined the Navy and served his country for seven years In 1952 Chavez met Fred Ross who was part of a group called the Community Service Organization CSO formed by Saul Alinsky Chavez became part of the organization and began urging Mexican-Americans to register and vote Chavez traveled throughout California and
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