Migrant farm workers in the United States have been a big part of our Latinx and Mexican culture, and farm workers continue to be the lifeline to our day to day lives. The pandemic did a great job at reminding us of this. However, migrant farmers were often exploited and worked in unsafe environments and often for very little pay with no political representation until Cesar Chavez created the United Farm Workers. His nonviolent tactics like the 400-mile California farmworker march from Delano to Sacramento moved political mountains and fostered a conversation that led to change. First Lady Jill Biden will visit Delano today after landing in Bakersfield, CA for a "Day of Action" at the Forty Acres National Historic Landmark.
My dad shares stories with us of having to travel up north to work the fields for the summer with my grandparents, and so many of us have similar stories with our parents or grandparents. I hope you take the time to pass these stories and struggles on to your circle of loved ones to remind all of us of the power of organized nonviolent protests. Check out this quick video from the History Channel on the story and life of Cesar Chavez.