DELANO, California (KERO) â ???? Ahead of Wednesday’s day of action, 23ABC delves into the legacy of Cesar Chavez and his contributions to the daily lives of farm workers across the country

Cesar Chavez’s contributions to social activism and labor laws for farm workers are some of his greatest accomplishments, and it all started with a vision

“He came up with the idea that the poorest of the poor, the least educated among us, could take over and assert one of the largest and most powerful industries”

And that was slowly becoming a reality for a young Cesar Chavez who would become one of the most prestigious labor leaders in the country and improve the working conditions and treatment of farm workers across the country.But as his son Paul Chavez points out, the trip was an uphill struggle

Chavez would use this as fuel. He founded the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which would become United Farm Workers (UFW)

Several demonstrations, marches and strikes followed, including the Delano grape strike of 1965, in which the UFW, together with Filipino-American farm workers, demanded higher wages

Then in 1965 Chavez and a group of farm laborers marched 300 miles from Delano to Sacramento

“As the numbers began to rise and people learned about the plight of farm workers, public opinion wavered”

But Chavez would have some backlash in the ’70s when he took a strong stance against illegal immigration, believing it hampered the collective bargaining process during the strikes.His views on it caused violence on the border between the United States and Mexico and many UFW contracts would be terminated

“With that in mind, his views on immigration would change over the years. By the late 1970s, things had changed,” said Paul Chavez. “When he organized the union, he made sure his organization was open to everyone and membership was always open “

Chavez ’cause would prevail despite the setback Schools, libraries and streets are among the many things named for Chavez across the country. In 2012, then-President Barrack Obama built the Cesar Chavez National Monument in Keene

A year after his death in 1993, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom

UFW spokesman Leydy Rangel says his legacy will continue for generations to come

“Decades later after his death, we are still fighting for the rights with which we founded the union that only ensures that farm workers and their families have dignity”

Wednesday would be Chavez ’94 It’s been a federal commemoration day in many states, and it’s a day that First Lady Jill Biden and Governor Gavin Newsom will celebrate here in Kern County

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