“As one looks at the millions of acres in this country that have been taken out of agricultural production;and at the millions of additional acres that have never been cultivated; and at the millions of people who have moved off the farm to rot and decay in the ghettoes of our big cities; and at all the millions of hungry people at home and abroad; does it not seem that all these people and things were somehow made to come together and serve one another? If we could bring them together, we could stem the mass exodus of rural poor to the big city ghettoes and start it going back the other way; teach them how to operate new farm equipment; and put them to work on those now uncultivated acres to raise food for the hungry. If a way could be found to do this, there would be not only room but positive need for still more machinery and still more productivity increase. There would be enough employment, wages, profits, food and fiber.”- Cesar E. Chavez
Today marks the birthday of U.S. farm worker and labour leader Cesar Estrada Chavez , he was born March 31st 1927 and died April 23rd 1993. This year ,2012,also marks the 50th anniversary of the farm worker movement founded by Mr.Chavez in 1962.
The statement above is an excerpt from the address Cesar Chavez gave to the subcommittee on Labor, U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare April 16th 1969. It is as true today as it was then. Read the whole enlightening statement here . Thanks to the Farm Worker Documentation Project for the referring reference.