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  1. Comrade Kevin
    Comrade Kevin March 31, 2010 at 11:14 am |

    By seeking to find strategies to incorporate minorities and women into positions of authority without resorting to tokenism, and by seeking to find complete gender parity in so doing. This will likely take a minimum of fifty years, but one must start somewhere.

  2. Amy
    Amy March 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm |

    Here’s one of my favorite Chavez quotes: “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”

  3. drydock
    drydock April 1, 2010 at 12:48 am |

    The UFW at this point is pretty much a family for profit business. For anyone interested in checking out what a bullshit organization it has become should check out this four part series by Miriam Pawel in the LA Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jan/08/local/me-ufw8

    For a second opinion on Cesar Chavez from a left-wing labor writer readers should check out this piece by Michael Yates: http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/YatesOnUFW.html

  4. drydock
    drydock April 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm |

    My point isn’t to trash Chavez, but to point out what his legacy has become. Most people in fact know very little about Chavez or the UFW. The UFW raises 10 to 20 million a year while controlling foundations worth maybe a $150 million dollars yet they do not organize farmworkers. They have very few, if any rank and file members. The UFW is a multi million dollar family racket while farmworkers languish unorganized and as impoverished as ever.

    http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/page2/20091112_marc_cooper_on_the_fate_of_cesar_chavezs_dream/

    http://www.thenation.com/doc/19930726/bardacke

  5. Alison
    Alison April 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm |

    And when is Dolores Huerta Day? What will we do to celebrate the life of Dolores Huerta? Dolores Huerta deserves every bit of recognition as Cesar Chavez.

  6. Marc Grossman
    Marc Grossman April 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

    This person “drydock” wrote that “The UFW at this point is pretty much a family for profit business” and “a bullshit organization,” citing a four-part series by Miriam Pawel in the L.A. Times. Drydock should know that the California Department of Justice conducted an exhaustive nearly one-year investigation of Pawel’s claims and concluded in a 12-page report, “The [L.A. Times] articles, on their face, appeared to raise serious questions regarding certain transactions. A closer review revealed that all of the allegations deemed by our office to require investigation were, in the end, found to be without merit.”

  7. Marc Grossman
    Marc Grossman April 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm |

    For the link to the 12-page California Department of Justice report repudiating most of Miriam Pawel’s allegations against the Chavez family in her 2006 L.A.Times story see:
    http://www.ufw.org/pdf/AG_Letter.pdf

    For the UFW’s response to Marc Cooper’s attack on the UFW and Chavez family that drydock also cites, visit:
    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20091113_response_from_ufw_to_marc_cooper/

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