Grade Level: 9-12
Student: Carlos Lizarraga
Teacher: Staci Reinalda
Chapter: Moreno Valley EA
César E. Chávez
César Chávez was able to change a lot of lives through his belief in the fair treatment of all people. His ability to lead people through tough issues and create change has resulted in a stronger country for all citizens. I am glad Chávez was willing to risk upsetting people in order to ensure fair treatment for migrant farm workers.
My drawing includes several different symbols representing different aspects of his incredible legacy. I have chosen to put people with protesting signs in my drawing because he believed in peaceful marching as a way to bring attention to injustice. The first group of people is in silhouette because they didn’t have a real identity when they first entered the country, but then there is a group in color because as they continued working towards better treatment, they became stronger and stronger until change happened. Also I put some grapes on the vine and the rows of crops in order to represent the hard work of the farmers who were treated unfairly. At one point, the farm owners really took advantage of migrant workers – low pay, long hours, and inferior living conditions were just a few of the problems they had to face.
Lastly, I wanted to include some of the images representing the triumph César Chávez was able to achieve. I put the word “Hope” on the top, for the hope Chávez gave us to be treated equally. Lastly I drew a portrait of him because the image is a reminder of what can be achieved when we have a strong leader and a group of people willing to band together for change. The final symbol that I have included is the United Farm Workers logo with the words “si sé puede” which means “yes we can” representing the slogan Chávez repeated throughout his work and is carried out today as we remember his legacy as a leader in civil rights.