Cesar Chavez Quotes on Education, Labor, Immigration

Cesar Chavez Quotes on Education, Labor, Immigration

The American labor leader, community organizer, and Latin American civil rights activist César Estrada Chávez (31 March 1927–23 April 1993) was American. Together with Dolores Huerta he co-founded the NFWA that subsequently merged with the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Ideologically, his worldview combined Roman Catholic social teachings with leftistic politics.
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Cesar Chavez Quotes:

We learned many years ago that the rich may have money, but the poor have time.

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We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

CESAR CHAVEZ

It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity.

CESAR CHAVEZ

There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.

CESAR CHAVEZ

We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.

CESAR CHAVEZ

There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.

CESAR CHAVEZ

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.

CESAR CHAVEZ

We farm workers are closest to food production. We were the first to recognize the serious health hazards of agriculture pesticides to both consumers and ourselves.

CESAR CHAVEZ

What we do know absolutely is that human lives are worth more than grapes and that innocent-looking grapes on the table may disguise poisonous residues hidden deep inside where washing cannot reach.

CESAR CHAVEZ

To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!

CESAR CHAVEZ

The end of all knowledge should be service to others.

CESAR CHAVEZ

In some cases non-violence requires more militancy than violence.

CESAR CHAVEZ

You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Who gets the risks? The risks are given to the consumer, the unsuspecting consumer and the poor work force. And who gets the benefits? The benefits are only for the corporations, for the money makers.

CESAR CHAVEZ

There is no law for farm labor organizing, save the law of the jungle.

CESAR CHAVEZ

The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves – and be free.

CESAR CHAVEZ

We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community – and this nation.

CESAR CHAVEZ

From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?

CESAR CHAVEZ

When we are really honest with ourselves we must admit our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines the kind of men we are.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Since the Church is to be servant to the poor, it is our fault if that wealth is not channeled to help the poor in our world.

CESAR CHAVEZ

When poor people get involved in a long conflict, such as a strike or a civil rights drive, and the pressure increases each day, there is a deep need for spiritual advice. Without it, we see families crumble, leadership weaken, and hard workers grow tired.

CESAR CHAVEZ

It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life. I am convinced that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice.

CESAR CHAVEZ

Who is Cesar Chavez ?

The American labor leader, community organizer, and Latin American civil rights activist César Estrada Chávez (31 March 1927–23 April 1993) was American. Together with Dolores Huerta he co-founded the NFWA that subsequently merged with the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Ideologically, his worldview combined Roman Catholic social teachings with leftistic politics.

Chávez was born in Yuma, Arizona, to a Mexican family, and started working with the United States Navy as a manual worker two years later. He moved to California and married to a Community Service Organisation (CSO), where he helped workers register to vote. He worked for California. He was named National Director of the CSO in 1959, a Los Angeles based position. He left the CSO in 1962 to co-fund the Delano, California based NFWA to start an insurance program, a credit union and a farmer’s newspaper. After that decade, the farmers , especially the successful Delano Classic strike of 1965–1970, began organizing strikes. Influenced by Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian independence leader’s principles Chavez stressed the fact that the farmers’ demands should be met by strong but peaceful methods, including pickets and boycott. He imbued the Roman Catholic Symbolism of his campaigns, including public processions, masses and fasts. He provided a great deal of funding from labor unions and progressive organizations under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI). His NFWA merged during the grape strike in 1967 with the Organizing Committee of Agricultural Workers to form the UFW.

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