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Viva Chavez, Viva la Causa, Viva la Huelga poster
Poster for a 1968 Carnegie Hall (N.Y.) concert to benefit California Grape Workers

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Cesar Chavez Gains Grounds for Farmers
Cesar Chavez is best known for his efforts to gain better working conditions for the thousands of workers who labored on farms for low wages and under severe conditions. Chavez and his United Farm Workers union battled California grape growers by holding nonviolent protests. Chavez got the idea for nonviolent actions from Martin Luther King Jr., who was a leader in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans. Chavez also went on hunger strikes, protesting by refusing to eat for long periods of time. In 1968 he fasted for 25 days in support of the UFW (United Farm Workers) commitment to non-violence. He was inspired to fast by M.K. Gandhi of India.
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