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After Cesar Chavez: The fight for farmworker rights isn't over

After Cesar Chavez: The fight for farmworker rights isn't over

The irony of nonviolent resistance is that it needs violence to be effective. The spectacle of mobs, deputized and otherwise, billy-clubbing people as they turn cheeks until they run out of cheeks to turn, tends to assault the consciences of those observing. Gandhi understood this, as did his acolytes Bayard Rustin and Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., who both brought Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to understand it. A young Chicano farmworker named Cesar Chavez also understood this, and made it a central tenet of his social justice work in the 1960s. Today, many Americans are celebrating Chavez’s birthday to commemorate his hard work in organizing some of the hardest workers in the nation: farmworkers. But 22 years after his death, those who toil in the agricultural fields are still under assault from unjust laws and toxic chemicals. Chavez knew from his own experience that farmwork...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/after-cesar-chavez-the-fight-fo...

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