‘Cesar Chavez’ Movie Night

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Maria Palmerin proudly shows off her new Latinos in Action t-shirt as she prepares to watch 'Cesar Chavez' and eat delicious churros. Photo by Kaitlyn Bown.

Maria Palmerin proudly shows off her new Latinos in Action t-shirt as she prepares to watch ‘Cesar Chavez’ and eat delicious churros.
Photo by Kaitlyn Bown.

Latinos in Action and Civic Engagement sponsored a movie night on March 30. The movie they showed was “Cesar Chavez,” to honor him on his birthday, and remember what he did for this country.
The movie is based a true story of Cesar Chavez, a civil-rights activist and labor organizer. Chavez was a farm worker at a grape plantation in California. The film follows Chavez’ efforts of organizing 50,000 farm workers, who were Braceros. Braceros are temporary workers from Mexico permitted to live and work in the United States. Working conditions are very poor for the Braceros, who suffer from racism and brutality from employers and local Californians. In order to help workers, Chavez formed a labor union known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Chavez’s efforts were opposed, sometimes violently, by the owners of the largest industrial farms where the Braceros work. The film also shows the struggles between Chavez’ duty to his family and his commitment to the labor union.
The activity was held in the Library Auditorium. Before the film started the officers of Latinos in Action introduce themselves and talk about the purpose of the film. They wanted to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s birthday, but mostly to show and remember his life’s work. It shouldn’t be forgotten even if it was in the past, it’s still a part of history. “The movie was really good, it was surprising to see all the things he did,” stated Brissa Aguilar.
Everyone enjoyed the movie, and many learned new things. Latinos in Action will continue to host more activities, such as this one, in the future.

Kassandra Cruz is a sophomore at Snow College. She graduated from Gunnison Valley High School. She is a Public Relations major. Her favorite part about being in the Snowdrift is meeting new people. After Snow she plans to transfer to Southern Utah University and finish her degree there.

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