By Gary Soto

¡Viva l. a. causa!

¡Viva César Chávez!

Up and down the San Joaquin Valley of California, and around the nation, humans chanted those phrases. Cesar Chavez, a migrant employee himself, was once assisting Mexican american citizens interact for larger wages, for larger operating stipulations, for higher lives.

No one notion they can win opposed to the wealthy and robust growers. yet Cesar was once out to end up them fallacious -- and that he did.

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They were disgusted with the way the large growers treated the workers. CHAPTER TEN La Perogrinación IN 1965 MARTIN Luther King Jr. was trying to stop segregation, the unfair treatment of black people, in the South. Cesar Chavez was also trying to work for social justice in the San Joaquin Valley. He knew that the big growers would have to be hurt financially before they would bargain. So he called for a boycott of Schenley Industries and the DiGiorgio Corporation. He asked Americans not to buy their products.

How did people live? The growers grumbled. If the local Chicano, Filipino, and Mexicans didn’t want to work for what the growers believed was a fair wage, they would get others to take their place. During October labor contractors brought in Mexican workers to take the place of strikers. These workers felt bad when they realized a strike had been called. Still, two or three busloads of strikebreaking workers arrived daily from Mexico. They harvested the grapes. Once that was done, they were left to try to find work on their own.

The country wept for Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Kennedy. Cesar had begun a struggle for social justice in the fields. He had known farm-work as a child and would know it all his life. For the next twenty-five years he would battle the rich and powerful that believed they should make the rules that the poor lived by. But they were wrong. Because of Cesar, the rules changed. He touched the lives of farmworkers and people throughout the country. Cesar was willing to fast until he died. Some say that first fast, and two others, eventually cost him his life.

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