Friday, March 31, 2006

Cesar Chavez and RFK

today is Cesar Chavez day in many states, as this is his birthday (b. 1927- d. 23 April1993). This photo is from March of '68 when Robert Kennedy went to meet with him as Chavez ended a 25 day hunger strike during which he lost 35 pounds protesting working conditions for grape growers in California. Kennedy was, of course, running for president in '68. But can you imagine John Kerry or Hillary Clinton or any other senate democrat meeting with a figure like Chavez today? I couldn't help but think about that this past week, when LA's mayor Villaraigosa spoke to the demonstrators in that city.