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Grade Level: 9-12
Region: 4
Student: Ricardo Torres
Teacher: Lora Royster
Chapter: Anaheim Secondary TA




The artwork is a colored-pencil drawing of César E. Chávez where he is a symbol of non-violence because he used the power of words to make a change in the lives of the people. He is a symbol of social justice for farm workers and was the leader of the human and civil rights issues in which his dream was to create an organization to protect and serve farm workers. His union’s efforts brought upon the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act to protect farm workers – and today, it remains the only law to do so. César Chávez is seen as a true American hero because he was a civil rights, Latino, farm worker, and labor leader. He did not use violence to make a social change and he was an environmentalist and consumer advocate. At a glance, some people can identify these characteristics of César Chávez and that is what the true meaning of my drawing is.

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