Most Americans don’t need to worry about feeding a family with only $25 a month, changing homes as often as seasons to follow the crops – the only way for them to make money.
But this is a reality for many migrant farm workers who travel to the United States in search of a better life. They work hard under poor conditions and very rarely receive recognition or respect for their contributions to American society.
Cesar Chavez, like many others, understood the plight of these workers and fought to improve their conditions.
But Chavez’s work extends past that. As a civil rights leader, he will always be remembered as someone working to unite different cultures and bring about positive change.
His teachings are even more apparent today.
With recent legislation on immigration reform stirring controversy in our government, it’s now more important than ever to remember Chavez’s legacy.
Putting the legality of the matter aside, migrant and immigrant workers have enhanced our country without getting much in return.
Chavez will be honored Friday with events at CSU and throughout the country. We urge students to take the initiative to attend these events with an open mind.