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26862 viewsON THE MARCH TO SACRAMENTO, MEET HELEN CHAVEZ, CESAR'S WIFE AND STEADFAST PARTNER, IN HIS QUEST FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR FARMWORKERS. CESAR AND HELEN LIVED IN VOLUNTARY POVERTY WITH THEIR EIGHT CHILDREN IN ORDER TO BE FREE ENOUGH TO FOCUS AND DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO SERVE FARMWORKERS.
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20853 viewsHISTORICALLY, MOST AGRICULTURAL STRIKES IN CALIFORNIA WERE PUT DOWN BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND RENT-A-COP AGENCIES HIRED BY THE GROWERS. WHAT MADE THE DELANO STRIKE DIFFERENT WAS ITS COMMITMENT TO NONVIOLENCE AND ITS CONNECTION TO MAJOR CITIES OUTSIDE THE LOCAL STRIKE AREA. THIS REMARKABLE PHOTO OF SENATOR ROBERT KENNEDY SHAKING HANDS WITH A DELANO STRIKER BEARS WITNESS TO THE INFLUENCE OF OUTSIDERS ON THE OUTCOME OF THE STRIKE.
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24848 views"PEREGRINACION" - "PENITENCIA" - "REVOLUCION" WERE THE THEMES OF THE MARCH TO SACRAMENTO. THE BANNER OF THE VIRGEN, THE FLAGS OF THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO, THE LARGE WOOD CROSS ADORNED WITH ROSARY BEADS AND HUELGA BUTTONS THAT WOULD BE CARRIED, AND THE BLAZING RED HUELGA FLAGS ADORNED WITH THE AZTEC EAGLE ALL MADE PERFECT SENSE TO THE DELANO STRIKERS. THE MARCH WAS CONCEIVED AND EXECUTED AS A PUBLIC FARMWORKER MOVEMENT PAGEANT FOR NATIONAL MEDIA CONSUMPTION.
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02AA840 viewsWITH HIS PALM DOWN AND HIS RIGHT ARM HELD OUT, CESAR CHAVEZ BRINGS THE APPLAUSE OF THE AUDIENCE TO A CLOSE AND HE BEGINS HIS SPEECH WITH A NOTE OF HUMOR.
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CESAR CHAVEZ PORTRAIT 1973 - Susan Due Pearcy 831 views
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27808 viewsDAY-BY-DAY, THE MARCH MOVED CLOSER AND CLOSER TO SACRAMENTO, AND MORE AND MORE FARMWORKERS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS JOINED THE MARCH. WHAT STARTED IN DELANO WITH FEWER THAN 75 MARCHERS HAD NOW SWELLED TO MORE THAN A THOUSAND.
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DAYS END 1973 - Susan Due Pearcy 803 views
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25779 viewsDELANO STRIKERS HAD A FLAIR FOR DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION. MANUAL VASQUEZ, A MARCH LIEUTENANT, SET THE TONE WITH A RED HUELGA VEST, AN ARM BAND AND HAT BAND PINNED WITH HUELGA BUTTONS, AND A BUTTON ON HIS HAT BRIM THAT READ: "I AM AN AGITATOR" - A SWIPE AT THE GROWER PUBLIC RELATIONS PROPAGANDA, WHICH HELD THERE WERE NO STRIKERS, JUST "OUTSIDE AGITATORS." IN THE HISTORY OF EFFORTS TO ORGANIZE FARMWORKERS, THE WORD "AGITATOR" WAS A CODE WORD FOR "COMMUNIST" ORGANIZER.
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28778 viewsEL TEATRO CAMPESINO, BRAINCHILD OF LUIS VALDEZ AND AGUSTIN LIRA, PLAYED A CRITICAL ROLE IN THE MARCH. AT THE EVENING RALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY'S MARCH, EL TEATRO PERFORMED. THEY SANG, PERFORMED SLAPSTICK "ACTOS" DEPICTING THE STRUGGLE OF THE FARMWORKERS WITH THE GROWERS, LABOR CONTRACTORS AND LOCAL POLICE. THE AUDIENCE APPLAUDED AND ROARED ALOUD IN SUPPORT OF THEIR PERFORMANCES, THEN LUIS DECLAIMED "PLAN OF DELANO," THE REVOLUTIONARY THEME OF THE MARCH, AND INTRODUCED CESAR CHAVEZ, THE MAIN EVENT.
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COLLAGE FOR EL MALCRIADO 1973 - Susan Due Pearcy 774 views
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UFW NON-VIOLENCE 1973 - Susan Due Pearcy 773 views
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29769 viewsCESAR CHAVEZ WAS NOT A FIREBRAND SPEAKER, IN FACT JUST THE OPPOSITE. LOW KEY, SOFT-SPOKEN AND SINCERE, HE WAS ABLE TO MOVE HIS AUDIENCE WITH HIS CANNY ABILITY TO EXPLAIN COMPLEX MATTERS IN WORDS AND ANALOGIES THAT MADE SENSE TO PEOPLE. HE EXUDED CONFIDENCE AND FEARLESSNESS, HE EMPOWERED HIS AUDIENCE TO BELIEVE THEY COULD OVERCOME THE INJUSTICE THAT ENSLAVED THEM. "SI SE PUEDE!" BECAME HIS SIGNATURE MOTTO.
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