Cesar Chavez was a unique and truly Catholic labor leader

Chávez’s selection of symbols reflected his awareness that while speaking for a largely Mexican Catholic constituency, was also trying to speak to a broader American public.  His “Plan of Delano” reflects a proper ordering of these symbolic allegiances:

We seek, and have, the support of the Church in what we do.  At the head of the Pilgrimage we carry LA VIRGEN DE LA GUADALUPE . . . because she is ours, all  ours, Patroness of the Mexican people

We also carry the Sacred Cross and the Star of  David because we are not sectarians, and because we ask the help and prayers of all religions.

All men are brothers—sons of the same God; that is why we say to all men of   good will, in the words of Pope Leo XIII,

“Everyone’s first duty is to protect the workers from the greed of speculators who use human beings as instruments to provide themselves with money.  It is neither just nor human to oppress men with excessive  work to the point where their minds become enfeebled and their bodies worn out.” 

GOD SHALL NOT ABANDON US.

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