Celebrate César Chávez
About César Chávez
March 31 is César Chávez’ birthday! César was a leader who used perseverance, humility and non-violent methods to better the lives of farmworkers who were working in unsafe conditions for low pay. Together with Dolores Huerta and Filipino labor groups, they created the United Farmworkers Union which fought for the rights of the laborers. To achieve this, César led work strikes, marches and even undertook a personal hunger strike. His efforts changed the lives of many and in recognition for his nonviolent activism and support of working people he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Explore the life of César Chávez with these resources.
César Chávez Day Commemoration by
LA County First District Supervisor Hilda Solis
Friday, March 25, 11 am
Let’s get ready for school! Enjoy books, songs, rhymes, and movement activities celebrating César Chávez Day while learning school readiness skills and having fun. For kids ages 2 – 5 with their parent or caregiver.
These documentaries explore the life and work of César Chávez and the Farmworker movement.
The story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.
Fighting for Our Lives – The United Farm Workers’ 1973 Grape Strike and The Wrath of Grapes
This two part video focuses on the history of the United Farm Workers and the 1973 grape strike and the pesticides sprayed on the fruit we eat.
Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers
The Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers who instigated one of the American farm labor movement’s finest hours – The Delano Grape Strike of 1965 that brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW).
The Land is Rich
The Land Is Rich documents the United Farm Workers struggle to organize California farm workers in the early 1960’s. It includes their march from Delano to Sacramento in the spring of 1966. The film contrasts the economic strength of California agribusiness with the migrant workers’ poverty shown in bread lines, living conditions and the impact of extensive exposure to agricultural chemicals.
These resources further explore Chávez’ history and how his vision is still helping workers today.
Cesar Chavez Foundation
The Chavez Foundation works to provide better housing, education and communication for working families. The site is great resource for learning about Cesar and how his vision is still being pursued today.
United Farm Workers
Begun in the early 1960s by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong, and other organizers, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first enduring and largest farm workers’ union.
Farmworker Movement Documentation Project
Primary source accounts: photographs, oral histories, videos, essays and historical documents from the United Farm Worker Delano Grape Strikers and the UFW Volunteers who worked with Cesar Chavez to build his farmworker movement.