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Cesar Chavez news and analysis from The Nation
June 23, 2021
Our Fathers Fought GOP Voter Suppression 70 Years Ago
Cesar Chavez and Fred Ross Sr. knew it would take a movement to fight measures aimed at intimidating Latino voters. So they built one.
Fred Ross Jr.
March 31, 2016
Meet the Long-Forgotten Organizer Who Inspired Cesar Chavez to Become an Activist
In 1952, Fred Ross appeared at Chavez’s door. The meeting changed Chavez’s life—and farmworker history.
April 9, 2014
Out of the Fields, Onto the Screen: What ‘Cesar Chavez’ Gets Wrong About the Labor Movement
The new film turns decades of organized struggle into the inspiring tale of one man.
April 1, 2014
Not the Cesar Chavez I Knew
A new film about the labor leader reduces him to a caricature and ignores his true strengths as an organizer.
January 5, 2012
Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers: What Went Wrong?
The UFW had two souls—the strike, and the boycott.
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January 21, 2006
Cesar, who was always good at symbols, saved his best for last: a simple pine box, fashioned by his brother's hands, carried unceremoniously through the Central Valley town he made famous.