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CESAR ECHAVEZ Cesar Estrada Chavez was born March 31 1927 He was born on a small farm near Yuma Arizona Cesars father lost his land and farm during the depression when Cesar was ten years old This started his life as a migrant farm worker Cesars family was very poor during that time Throughout the next ten years his family migrated throughout the southwest working in the fields Cesar was forced to quit school in the eight grade to help support his family In 1945 Cesar joined the US Navy Three years later Cesar married Helen Fabela They later moved to San Jose In 1952 Cesar met Fred Ross Fred was an organizer for the Community Service Organization he soon hired Cesar as a coordinator of voting registration He also fought racial discrimination He worked for the CSO for ten years He enjoyed organizing but his real dream was to start an organization to help farm workers whose pain he had once shared Cesar could not get CSO to do what he wanted by helping the farm workers so Cesar quit his job and moved to Delano California to start his own organization In Delano Cesar got other labor workers and friends who are willing to organize a National Farm Workers Association For the next twelve months Cesar worked hard to organize farm workers In September 1965 with 1300 worked they joined the AFL-CIO strike against Delano grapes This was the first successful strikeboycott for the farm workers in five years This strike brought millions of supporters to help Cesar Later in 1966 Cesars union joined the AFL-CIO is composed of many unions From the beginning the UFW promised to be non violent like Gandi and Martin Luther King Jr did During the strike of 1968 Cesar Chavez went on a fast for 25 days only drinking water He did this to make sure the union stayed non violent In 1970 most table grape
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