Long before Barack Obama co-opted “Yes, we can” as his political slogan, Cesar Chavez, a self-taught master of Rhetoric, was encouraging migrant farm workers to say, “Si, se puede!” He urged them to “Make a solemn promise: to enjoy our rightful part of the riches of this land, to throw off the yoke of being considered as agricultural implements or slaves. We are free men and we demand justice.”
He died in 1993 at age 66 near his birth place in Yuma, Arizona where he was helping the United Farm Workers to defend themselves against a lawsuit over a boycott in the 1980s.
A great and a good man. May he and all the faithful departed rest in peace.