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Grade Level: 9-12
Region: 1
Student: Arlyne Arias
Teacher: Maria E. Vega
Chapter: Napa Valley EA




César Chávez

César Chávez was a great man and a great leader. He fought for the rights of the farm workers in a non-violent way. He advocated for better pay, and better working conditions. César Chávez’s life and beliefs relate directly to my family and me. My great grandfather worked when the farm workers used the short hoe and according to him the greatest of César Chávez’s legacy was the abolition of this hoe which was bad for the workers. My grandfather, Isaac Perez has many stories to tell about the work César Chávez did in the Napa Valley. My grandfather was a director of a Farm Workers Camp in Calistoga, California many years ago. He knows the leaders in the Napa Valley that help organize marches and other events. One day he was throwing out bunches of papers to the trash but before he got there they all fell. While he was picking them up he saw they were all of César Chávez. I have no idea why he saved all these valuable papers but he did. I decided to illustrate César Chávez’s legacy and work in the Napa Valley by making a collage. My collage isn’t all pictures. It is mainly authentic papers, flyers, bumper stickers, medical booklet, copy of a collective bargaining agreement, and papers farm workers had to fill out to join the United Farm Workers Union. Everything in the collage is either an original copy or a photo copy made from my grandfather’s original copies. In order to put more items on my collage I had to make some of the original papers smaller so everything would fit together. Thank you for taking the time in reading this and I hope you like what I have done.

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