¡Viva La Causa!: Happy Birthday César Chávez


What do you think César Chávez would have to say about “Right to Work”? Chicago school closings? Parent Trigger? Vouchers? Do you think he would be a member of Democrats for Education Reform?… César Chávez was a union leader…he fought the neoliberals every day of his life. ¡se puede! ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!

The only answer, the only hope, is in organizing.

The Union is viable. As long as employers exploit workers. Unions will be around.

César Chávez

The March on Stockton (click photo for video):

UFW march on Stockton (click photo for video):

My mother supporting Collective Bargaining in Michigan (The 5 foot tall Chicana holding a sign)

Jesusa Vasquez, my mother, supporting collective bargaining in Michigan in 2012 (The 5 foot tall Chicana holding a sign)

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Author:Julian Vasquez Heilig

Julian Vasquez Heilig is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Planning and African and African Diaspora Studies (by courtesy) at the University of Texas at Austin.

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6 Comments on “¡Viva La Causa!: Happy Birthday César Chávez”

  1. April 1, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    There are those who say that tying teacher compensation to students’ test performance makes students indentured servants. Increasing test prep, increased frequency of testing, removal of meaningful learning… All of the ramifications of a growing culture of testing makes this more true than ever. We have Lourdes Perez on board here and are excited and grateful to learn of your work, both individually and with NPE. Thank you.

  2. Lourdes Perez Ramirez
    April 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Thanks to you, Sandy, and the dedicated Orlando parents who are the real ones who have the power to help their children achieve success. Looking forward to Opt-Out Orlando tomorrow night!

    Students are just an excuse for the testing companies’ profit-making mindset. Students are the servants of these so-called nonprofit companies, that aim to make a generic student through standardization. A generic student doesn’t probe authority. Exactly what the testing mogul$ want. And they are getting it!

    But this is not enough. The testing mogul$ are also after a the “business opportunity” in the “labor market.” Just take a look at how a Midwest testing company is selling their WorkKeys test to states, making it mandatory for high school students who, according to them “are not college material,” forget their dreams about having a higher education. No sir, we will not let that happen.

    By the way, isn’t it time for the government to take the testing companies’ nonprofit status from them? There is nothing “nonprofit” in these save the IRS status. Just asking.


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