United Farm Workers


Help farm workers hold Cesar Chavez marches

It's hard to believe, but this year marks the 20th anniversary of Cesar’s passing. Cesar's fight for change and justice had everyday people committing themselves to social, economic and civil rights activism. Thank you for being a part of this. As we observe the 20th anniversary of Cesar’s passing, can we continue to count on your help in advancing our critical work by contributing to marches we are holding for Cesar this weekend?

On the weekend of March 23-24, a week before Cesar’s Easter Sunday birthday, the UFW will be holding seven marches in key agricultural areas. Tens of thousands of farm workers up and down the west coast will be marching to continue Cesar's vision of justice, dignity & respect in the fields. Just to pay for permits and hire buses so farm workers from the surrounding communities have the chance to attend, it will cost more than $56,000.

Cesar changed the lives of so many. Teresa Serrano was just a teenager when she and her family began toiling in the Salinas Valley. She told us, It was really hard because they [the bosses] denied us the basics like having cool clean drinking water or bathrooms to use in the fields. But in 1970, Cesar Chavez arrived to organize the farm workers and everything changed. For the first time we were able to get the ranchers to sit down and negotiate a collective contract [which] improved the lives of the farm workers because we had better wages, medical insurance for the whole family, and most important, we had job security and respect in the workplace.

Rogelio Lona wants to attend the Salinas march. He has labored as a farm worker for 47 years, most of them under a union contract. Just like President Obama, Rogelio stresses the need to carry on what Cesar began. "He dreamed of many plans for the farm worker, but maybe he knew that he would not have enough time to accomplish it all. That is why he left us tools to continue on."

Yet as much as we’ve achieved in our long history – both while Cesar was alive and since his death – there’s still much for us to do. Cesar himself declared that if the movement didn’t survive his death, then his work would have been in vain. We can uphold Cesar’s remarkable legacy. Can we count on your donation today to help farm workers hold these marches?

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