1. I drove out to Keene to honor Cesar Chavez and to see President Obama. Cesar’s work was never about self-glorification and all about unity and collective action. I live in an agricultural part of California so I’ve seen the powerful impact that Chavez has had on the community, everything from improving working conditions (and saving lives), to fighting against dangerous pesticides, to literally building up powerful communities. In nearby Ventura, Cesar helped organize farmworkers to cooperatively buy land to use as housing. This type of action improved the lives of working people and has had an impact on generations to come.

    It’s sad to see that we have to discuss Cesar and Navarette in the same post. Navarette has built his writing career on being a contrarian so it’s no surprise that he would try to tear down someone’s memory while others create monuments.