Richard Chavez
Richard Chavez: From Carpenter to Civil Rights Leader
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 07/29/2011 - 12:30

Richard Chavez was a carpenter who helped build a movement.

While Cesar Chavez was the face of the struggle to gain fair wages and treatment for California farmworkers, his brother Richard, who died Wednesday at 81 after complications from surgery, was crucial in helping build the United Farmworkers union, both physically and philosophically.


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Richard Chavez
United Farm Workers Founder Richard Chavez Dead at 81
By Adriana Rivera | 07/28/2011 - 14:45

Richard Chavez, one of the founders of the United Farm Workers (UFW), died Wednesday at the age of 81 due to complications from surgery at Bakersfield Hospital.

Chavez was born in November 1929 at his family’s farm near Yuma, Ariz. And became a migrant farm worker during the Great Depression. In the early 1960s, he left farm work to help his brother Cesar Chavez organize a union for farm workers.


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