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Vision: We envision a self-sustaining community that cultivates leaders.
A Movement – The César Chávez Foundation
César E. Chávez was, among many things, a farm worker activist. He is often most well known for helping organize farm workers and lead boycotts eventually culminating in the creations of successful unions that could write contracts and secure more stable rights for their employees. However a big part of the union movement that César started was in his recognition that workers are not just workers. True, they face economic injustices in the workplace, but they also faced extreme hardships outside of work, in their social and living conditions. This work, would take a movement.
Chávez established a credit union, a cooperative gas station, and death benefits to cater to farm worker needs outside of work. While the United Farm Workers (UFW) continue the union work of Chávez, the César Chávez Foundation continues working towards the mission to enrich and improve the lives of farm worker and Latino families outside the work place by meeting their essential human, cultural, and community needs. In the words of César E. Chávez, “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.” (Address to the Commonwealth Club of California, Nov. 9, 1984, San Francisco.)
Sí Se Puede Community
The Sí Se Puede Community is a volunteer organization functioning under the Communications Fund (Radio Campesina) of the César Chávez Foundation. We are working to empower the Latino Community to get involved in addressing issues facing our community such as poor living condtions, health, education, immigration issues, and a variety of other topics. We work to connect and empower the Latino community through coordinating community events, workshops, and offering internships with Radio Campesina for professional development.
The Sí Se Puede Community is built on the two core concepts that guide the César Chávez Foundation and the work of our founder, César E. Chávez – human dignity and volunteerism., César E. Chávez and the farmworkers struggle for justice has always depended upon volunteers and people generously gifting their time, energy, and resources to make every victory in the farmworkers movement possible.
Not only was the movement built on volunteerism but also on the recognition that everyone – farm workers or consumers, low income or wealthy – had something to offer. Chávez used to say that every volunteer is an organizer; a mentality built on true respect for human dignity and diversity.No matter your skills or interests, there’s a way for you to participate in the creation and manifestation of the Si Se Puede! Volunteer Program, both at an event and year-round.
César E. Chávez is well recognized as a farm worker labor leader and civil rights activist but many remember him as much more than that. To some he was a religious and spiritual figure and to others a community organizer and social entrepreneur. Yet all remember César as someone who fought for much more than the environment, consumer rights and labor rights. He was a champion of revolutionary nonviolent social change – a true American hero.
A first-generation American, he was born on March 31, 1927, near his family’s small homestead in the North Gila River Valley outside Yuma, Arizona. At age 11, his family lost their farm during the Great Depression and became migrant farm workers. Throughout his youth and into adulthood, César traveled the migrant streams throughout California laboring in the fields, orchards and vineyards, where he was exposed to the hardships and injustices of farm worker life.
The significance of César’s life transcends any one cause or struggle. He was a unique and humble leader, as well as a great humanitarian and communicator who influenced and inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life. César forged a national and extraordinarily diverse coalition for farm worker boycotts, which included students, middle class consumers, trade unionists, religious activists and minorities. He saw his job as an organizer as helping ordinary people do extraordinary things.
César’s motto, “Si Se Puede!” (“Yes, it can be done!”), coined during his 1972 fast in Arizona, embodies the uncommon legacy he left for people around the world. His Universal principals remain as relevant and inspiring today as they were when he first began his movement.