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Cesar Chavez was a Latino, farm worker, and labor leader;  As president of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW),  he lead the very first successful farm workers union.  Using non violent means such as marches and boycotts, he obtained rights for farm workers and spread awareness about the dangers of pesticides. 

His famous motto "Si Se Puede", was chanted as the UFW obtained equality, dignity, and justice for Farm Workers. Cesar Chavez and his motto continue to  inspire people today.  

On March 30, people gathered at the Mexican Heritage Plaza to celebrate la vida de Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez Day, March 31st (Cesar Chavez's birthday), is a day to honor Chavez's legacy.

The Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative March began with a performance, Baile Floklorico by the children enrolled in the dance class at the Mexican Heritage Plaza's School of Art and Culture. After a speech given by Cesar Chavez's nephew, the march began. It consisted of a walk around a neighborhood in San Jose, CA known as "Sal Si Puedes". The neighborhood contains historical landmarks such as  the Chavez home; the Mayfield Center; and the Guadalupe Church , where the farm workers movement began.

During the march, I held  a poster which read "La Raza Unida Jamas Sera Vencida" and yelled out chants. Here are some of the chants I learned.

  • "Se Puede? Si Se Puede!"
  • Que Vive __ (UFW/Cesar Chavez/Latinos/San Jose) Que Viva!
  • Cesar Si, Uvas No!
  • Que queremos? Justicia! Cuando lo queremos? Hoy!
  • What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now!

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