There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
To be a man is to suffer for others. God help us to be men!
The end of all knowledge should be service to others.
The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.
There is no law for farm labor organizing, save the law of the jungle.
Though many of the poor have come to see the affluent middle class as its enemy, that class actually stands between the poor and the real powers in this society – the administrative octopus with its head in Washington, the conglomerates, the military complex.
We farm workers are closest to food production. We were the first to recognize the serious health hazards of agriculture pesticides to both consumers and ourselves.
There are vivid memories from my childhood – what we had to go through because of low wages and the conditions, basically because there was no union. I suppose, if I wanted to be fair, I could say that I’m trying to settle a personal score. I could dramatize it by saying that I want to bring social justice to farm workers.
There is no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day. And there is no substitute for patience and acceptance.
Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.