Robert Kennedy + Cesar Chavez

By March 31, 2018Uncategorized

March 30 was #CesarChavezDay. Chavez and Kennedy took chances on one another. RFK embraced the Farm Workers when they were still largely considered to be radicals & where political advisers told Kennedy that support of the UFW would cost him votes in the crucial CA primary. Chavez reached out to Kennedy when distrust of white elected officials was intense, and it was clear that an alliance with RFK would enrage the Johnson administration. Yet, as this article reviews, theirs was a friendship based on a common sense of activist Catholicism. Sacrifice, justice, loss and redemption – all fitting themes on this Good Friday and the beginning of Passover. Best wishes to all at a holy time perfect for reflection and then action.