Cesar Chavez and California's Farm Workers

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Today is Cesar Chavez Day in California, dedicated to honor the man that founded the United Farm Workers Union. When he died in 1993 at the age of 66, Chavez owned neither a house nor a car, but he was one of America's best-known civil rights leaders. He created the UFW in 1962, and made history using boycotts, strikes and sit-ins to force the first contracts for migrant farm workers from agricultural interests. We join one of Chavez's children, the first woman organizer of field workers, and a farmer from Fresno, for a look at the man, what he stood for, and what he accomplished.
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Warren Olney


Frances Anderton