Archive for March, 2012

Mar 02 2012

Rufino Contreras: Farmer’s Need Rights !

Published by under Uncategorized

Capitol and labor together produce the fruit of the land. But what really counts is labor– the human beings who torture their bodies, sacrifice their youth, and numb their spirits to produce this great agricultural wealth, a wealth so vast that it feeds all of America and much of the world. And yet the men, women, and children who are the flesh and blood of this production often do not have enough to feed themselves. (Chavez 775)

This quote is trying to get across how the hard work of farmers should be respected and honored by others. “Capitol” is the amount of land or money one obtains and “labor” is the work that these farmers perform in order to make the “capitol”, the more labor the more capitol they will produce. It states how these farmers “sacrifice their youth” meaning that not only are these people who work on the farms adults, but there are many children who work on the farms in order to produce “agriculture” the growing of crops in order to feed “all of America and much of the world”. The quote is trying to show how it is men, women and children who are the people who provide for others by working so hard that they are referred to as the “flesh” and “blood” meaning that they are the ones who perform this labor working so hard to produce for others and yet they have nothing for themselves. It is because of Rufino Contreras that a union has been formed to bring justice to all farm workers and to make people aware of their hard work. The farmers are the ones that are on the fields day in and day out working to produce agriculture for others and they should be rewarded for their work and in the end they receive nothing but, the effects this hard labor takes on their lives.

No responses yet

Mar 02 2012

The Legacy: Cesar Chavez

Published by under Uncategorized

After watching the video on Cesar Chavez, it made me realize how one man could have such a great impact on the lives of others. Cesar Chavez was honored  by many because he fought for social justice and change for Mexican workers and farmers. Cesar Chavez himself grew up working on a farm and later became a migrant worker after his family lost their farm in the depression. He became recognized as a Civil Rights leader in the eyes of many. Chavez fought for many rights for farm workers, such as, for them to be able to form their own union, have clean drinking water, access to bathrooms, the ability to obtain unemployment, have lunch breaks, fair wages, and to be able to send their children to school in order to have an education. Chavez fought for these rights because he was not eligible for them as a child and wanted to bring about change for not only the Mexican and farmers, but for everyone. He wanted children to be able to go to school and get an education because he was forced to quit school in order to work to help support his family. I believe these rights that he has fought for are important rights for people to have because no one should have to be denied such rights, just because a person is of a certain race shouldn’t deny them to have the same rights that other people have. Chavez continues to be honored today through this walk-a-thon and I believe people have every right to honor him because he was the one who stepped up and created such change for these people to live better lives.

No responses yet

Mar 01 2012

What is Democracy?

Published by under Uncategorized

Instead of promoting humanity’s fundamental aspiration-equality and participation- our immigration policies of many US employers have endorsed the twin plagues of humanity; exploitation and discrimination. These scourges are most vividly demonstrated in America by cheap wages and wretched working conditions for immigrant workers. (Chavez, 776)

This quote from Chavez’s speech “What is Democracy” talks about the ideas of how the United States is seen as becoming multicultural. Many immigrants have come to the United States looking to better themselves. The quote states how instead of aiming for the goal of enforcing equality among these people the United States is trying to use this idea of multiculturalism allowing the immigrants to come to the US in order to build up on our America. The quote states how this is seen as the US being dominant over these immigrant workers making them work for cheap wages in poor work conditions which can be related to these “twin plagues” Chavez refers to.  It shows how America takes power over these immigrant people by the act of “discrimination” treating these people like they are worthless having to work in such poor conditions when they came to America in order to better their lives. Instead of the US being open to multiculturalism the US takes advantage of this by making these poor immigrants perform “wretched working conditions” showing no respect for these people and the skills that they have brought to the US.

Groups of people will tolerate many things- but don’t tamper with their language; don’t threaten their religion. And don’t meddle with their food or there’s going to be a lot of problems. The greatest contribution our government and society can make is to recognize that we are all American’s, yet we are all different. (Chavez, 778)

This quote stated by Chavez shows the real meaning of what multiculturalism should be recognized as. It is stating how there are many groups of people in the world that have different beliefs and follow different ways of life. There are many people who came from different countries and have different ways of life and are now living in the United States and due to the idea of multiculturalism these people should be respected for what they believe in. The idea of the melting pot came up at one point in the reading and I believe that the idea of the melting pot does go along with this quote. The quote states how the US shouldn’t “tamper with their language; don’t threaten their religion” meaning don’t discriminate against these people and what they believe in. It is stating how these people came from other countries and has brought their cultures with them to the US, which makes up the diversity of the United States leaving it to be associated with the idea of multiculturalism. Chavez is stating how this idea of multiculturalism has expanded the United States and how these people eventually do assimilate into the American culture because in the end “we are all American, yet we are all different” meaning we all come from different countries, have different beliefs and speak different languages but we are all living in the same America, but see it through different perspectives.

No responses yet

« Prev

Spam prevention powered by Akismet

Skip to toolbar