Cesar Chavez Day, March 31 - Catholic Rural Life

Cesar Chavez Day, March 31

Catholic Rural Life • February 8, 2013

Cesar Chavez Day, March 31

 

Farmworkers 003This Saturday, March 31, is Cesar Chavez Day and a time to remember those who work the fields and harvest many of our fruits and vegetables.
Cesar Chavez (1927-93) was a farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. His non-violent organizing work led to growers recognizing the bargaining rights of farmworkers.
His life continues to inspire advocacy efforts for the benefit of field workers, from Florida to California and around the country.
NCRLC recognizes Cesar Chavez Day as one of our annual holidays.
Learn more about Farm Worker Justice in our dedicated web section.
Learn more about Cesar Chavez at wikipedia.
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This prayer is attributed to Cesar Chavez:
Show me the suffering of the most miserable, so I may know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others, for  you are present in every person.
Help me to take responsibility for my own life, so that I can be free at last.
Grant me courage to serve others, for in service there is true life.
Give me honesty and patience, so that I can work with other workers.
Bring forth song and celebration, so that the Spirit will be alive among us.
Let the Spirit flourish and grow, so that we will never tire of the struggle.
Amen.

 

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