LATINOPIA WORD CÉSAR CHÁVEZ IN HIS OWN WORDS

“It is not enough to know why we are oppressed and by whom. We must join the struggle for what is right and just.”

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”

“Students must have initiative; they should not be mere imitators. They must learn to think and act for themselves.”

“We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community.”

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.”

“In this world it is possible to achieve great material wealth, to live an opulent life. But a life built upon those things alone leaves a shallow legacy. In the end we will be judged by other standards.”

“Our struggle is not easy. Those who oppose our cause are rich and powerful and they have many allies in high places. We are poor. Our allies are few. But we have something the rich do not own. We have our bodies and spirits and the justice of our cause as weapons.”

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