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Richard Chavez, UFW founder’s brother was 81

Thursday, July 28, 2011

imageThe younger brother of legendary labor organizer Cesar Chavez, who helped build the United Farm Workers into an agricultural and political force, died Wednesday in a Bakersfield hospital, the UFW announced this morning. Paul Chavez, Cesar Chavez’ son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation in the Central Valley town of Keene, tells the LA Times of his uncle: “The dream of all farm workers was to get out of the fields. He gave up the promise of a more comfortable life to work side by side with my dad and be of service." Obituary: LA Times; Bakersfield Californian

Noted: He was among the special guests at a dedication ceremony in February for a National Historic Site plaque on the “Forty Acre” homestead near Delano where the UFW was born in 1968.
Image: Bakersfield Californian
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