the famous American activist, Cesar Chavez.
Chavez is best known for his efforts to gain
better working conditions for thousands of
in the state of California. In particular, he battled the
California grape growers by holding a series of
Chavez got the idea for nonviolent
actions from Martin Luther King Jr.
Chavez also went on hunger strikes,
refusing to eat for long periods of time. Our
group of anti-propane cannon
not intend to go on a hunger strike, but we have vowed to stop eating
products containing blueberries for as long as the damn propane cannons keep
are another of the most successful
weapons used by Chavez in his fight against unjust agricultural practices. Once he realized
that his agricultural opponents were unwilling to compromise one bit from their entrenched position, he
initiated a highly
successful nation wide boycott of California grapes. Most people
do not remember this, but the grape boycotts started way back in
the 1960's and carried on for several decades. Once started, there was no
After a while people even forgot the reason for avoiding California grapes, but
buy them because of all the negative publicity. The grape industry was crippled
by this action.
Chavez's work inspired
boycotts in many other industries, because of the success
he had against the grape growers. Nothing can put an industry
out of business quicker than a successful boycott of their products...........