Skip to comments.Obama: 'Today we celebrate Cesar Chavez'
Posted on 10/08/2012 5:44:24 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
KEENE, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Monday designated the home of Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, calling Chavez a hero who brought hope to millions of poor, disenfranchised farm workers who otherwise might have remained "invisible" to much of the nation.
""Today, we celebrate Cesar Chavez," Obama said at a ceremony at La Paz, the California farmhouse where Chavez lived and worked for more than two decades.
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“Hey Valerie, thought monument was for Hugo Chavez, who’s Cesar?”..
Who is “we”?
Let’s see panadera???
No, no, that’s not it.
Ah yes..Pander. Yes Pandering, while eating panadera with those how have been pandered to...
The truth hurts but somebody has to say it. Chavez don't mean jack**** to the majority of Americans. We definitely don't need to turn his house into a National Monument funded with scarce taxpayer dollars. The U.S. Navy already named a Fluken ship after him. Isn't that enough?
Doing stuff like this just shows what a mack he is. He’s a maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.
Did anyone bother to tell Obama that today is Columbus Day?
Maybe Obama should have attended some American History classes.
And today Obama congratulates Hugo Chavez.
I just heard Obama’s speech about this and I swear he
sounded like BILL CLINTON! I don’t think I’m wrong?
Obama can now watch “Dreams from My Real Father”
It is now on Netflix.
Why is he campaigning in CA?
Pray for America
That’s right Obama, now that you have brought your 20 million illegal aliens into this country, why don’t you get down in the dirt like a slug and grovel for their vote publicly. You have no shame or morals.
Also, “Obama designated the site a national monument under the Antiquities Actthus avoiding the need for approval from Congress.” Shocker.
Dude’s a shape shifter. Well, I’m sort of kidding. He’s a first class liar that can change his stance and cadence to fit the audience. Heaven help us.
Hugo Chavez, Cesar Chavez: Barry never met a commie he didn’t love!
In case anyone still didn’t think he was a commie he makes another monument to a sworn communist.
Pray for America
What Obama doesn't want to mention, is that the UFW was a failure; there are virtually no field or orchard workers working under a union contract (less than 2%). the UFW actually doesn't legitimately represent farm workers anymore, and in fact hasn't for a long time.
A couple of hear back, the Bakersfield Californian reported that most farm workers in the fields have never heard of Cesar Chavez and his United Farm Workers Union. The unions health and pension plans each reported less than 3,500 contributing workers in a state which has, seasonally, from 350,000 to 700,000 workers in its fields and orchards. Less than 2% of the states agricultural workers are protected by a Farm Workers contract at any given time.
Of the unions claims to have won basic, humane treatment for the campesinos, the LA Weeklys Marc Cooper, writing in 2005, said, nothing could be further from the truth.
According to Cooper, wages of Californias farm workers have been at best stagnant and, by most reckonings, are in decline. With almost all workers stuck at the minimum wage of $6.75 an hour, its rare to find a farm worker whose annual income breaks $10,000 a year.
It's all brought into focus by this fact: the number of United Farm Workers contracts peaked at perhaps 150 in the mid-1970s; but as of about 5 years ago, there were fewer than 25. Yearly, the union solicits and receives $20 million to $30 million in donations, but "most of the funds go to burnish the Chavez image and expand the family business, a multimillion-dollar enterprise with an annual payroll of $12 million that includes a dozen Chavez relatives." --- that's according to the Los Angeles Times.
At this point, if they don't have access to their Mexican rent-a-slaves, California growers will probably find that mechanizing the remaining farm-labor jobs makes more economic sense than raising wages.
Or maybe California agriculture will go the way of the Michigan auto industry: they can do it cheaper in China.
Ruben Navarrette Jr (CNN) says that Obama’s move was a mistake. Chavez and the UFW were totally against illegal immigrants.
Obama hits a foul by honoring Cesar Chavez
Pandering to Latinos.
“Who is we?”
Illegal alien invaders, islamists, communists and fagots.
Chavez was a communist pig. San Francisco “leaders” renamed the wide boulevard formerly called “Army Street”, to “Cesar Chavez”, despite protests from citizens. To this day, I and many others still refer to it as “Army Street”. Anything honoring the military was stripped away, and then they honor communists.
Full disclosure, I used to work for Chavez in the early days ((late 1969 - early 70's) and have been amazed at the internal contradictions. The Union movement finally failed, partly BECAUSE they were legalized by the CALRA (ask me why sometime for a long explanation) -- but the Chavez Family machine goes on, headed up by Paul Chavez, Artie Rodriguez, and a true pro-abortion pro-illegals mega-wicked witch, Dolores Huerta -- the whole shebang is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Trotskyite wing of the Democratic Party. It's rather sickening..
I know this thread is two years old but, I just saw Chavez movie.
My friends went on quite a bit in celebration.
I found it plodding, myopic and the concerns of the workers dissappeared in the background.
I guess I understand they can’ t very well discuss Chavez’s view of illegal immigrants or “Wetbacks” as he called them on September 25, 1972 in an interview on KQED.
There were a few other items I brought up and was instantly challenged on but, Youtube of the man speaking pretty much trumps outrage.,
Particularly when you see the words formed by his lips as he speaks.
Would you care to expand on your post?
(Forgive me Lord if I am making illegitimate judgments. And Vendome, take all this with the appropriate grain of salt.)
The plain fact is, the influx of wave after wave of cheap workers will always destroy work environments, crater wages, and break unions. There's no way around it. If Cesar had been interested in winning in a classic labor union sense, he would have made a huge, consistent stink against the importation of low-wage low-skill workers, whether legal or illegal. That's the only way to *make* the employers negotiate with you.
But at some point, Chavez decided to turn the UFW into a lobby group, rather than a union. They would try to wrest whatever they could get, not from the employers but from the government. And for whom? Chicanos -- not necessarily farm workers.
And, in a real reversal from the way it was in the mid-60's, it got to the point that Cesar was bored or annoyed with actual farmworkers, and didn't even want to represent them. This came to a head of sorts in the 1970's, when the lettuce workers in Salinas went on strike, and Cesar found this too uppity-worker-led, too disruptive of what he was really going for. He dismissed any pretense of real worker-leadership or democracy in the Union. It was shameful.
And Cesar was getting paranoid as hell, secretive, and frankly nutty.
My memories of all the particulars are fading. The people who could really spill the beans would be Dr. Marian Moses, Cesar's physician; or Jerry Cohen, the gut-busting general of his brilliant, brutal lawfare battles against the UFW's opponents.
I don't even know if either one of them is still alive. Or if they would be willing to tell the truth, even now.
Monthly Review is socialist, but it's not generally dishonest or fanatical or nutty. I think this is a pretty accurate version of what was going on. Confirms, and expands, as well, my own memory of it from my own very lowly perch.