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"We must use the only strength that we have, the force of our numbers. The ranchers are few, we are many. United we shall stand."
"At the head of the Pilgrimage we carry La Virgen de la Guadalupe because she is ours, all ours, Patroness of the Mexican people."
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"We want a just wage, better working conditions, a decent future for our children."
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"We know all of these towns of Delano, Madera, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, and Sacramento, because along this very same road, in this very same valley, the Mexican race has sacrificed itself for the last hundred years."
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The penance we accept symbolizes the suffering we shall have in order to bring justice to these same towns, to this same valley."
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"We are poor, we are humble, and our only choice is to strike in those ranches where we are not treated with the respect we deserve as working men, where our rights as free and sovereign men are not recognized."
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"We are suffering. We have suffered, and we are not afraid to suffer in order to win our cause."
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"We know that the poverty of the Mexican or Filipino worker in California is the same as that of all farmworkers in the country."
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"Our men and women have suffered not only the basic brutality of stoop labor, they have also suffered the desperation of knowing that the system caters to the greed of callous men."
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"To those who oppose us, be they ranchers, police, politicians, or speculators, we say that we are going to continue fighting until we die, or we win."
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"The farmworker has been abandoned to his own fate - without representation, without power - subject to the mercy and caprice of the rancher."
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"We want to be equal with all the working men in the nation."
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