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Richard Chavez
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Richard Chavez with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.Richard Estrada Chavez (November 12, 1929 - July 27, 2011) was an American labor leader, organizer and activist. Chavez was the elder brother of labor leader, Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Richard Chavez is credited with building the United Farm Workers into a major California agricultural and political organization.[1][2]

Chavez was born in November 12, 1929, near Yuma, Arizona, on a family farm to a migrant family.[1][2] He worked as a child migrant worker during the Great Depression.[1] He transitioned from farm work to carpentry and moved to San Jose, California.[1] In the early 1960s, Chavez would leave his job as a carpenter in order to assist Cesar Chavez in his effort to organize California farm workers.[1] Richard Chavez was a co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become known as the United Farm Workers (UFW).[2]

Richard Chavez spearheaded the construction of the the United Farm Workers' union hall, which became its headquarters, in Delano, California.[1] Paul Chavez, the president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and son of Cesar Chavez, told the Los Angeles Times that "was there before there was a union."[1] In 1962, Richard Chavez designed the now iconic logo of the United Farm Workers, which features a black Aztec eagle.[1][2] (Cesar Chavez chose the red and black colors of the union[2].) Decades later, U.S. President Barack Obama called the eagle "a symbol of hope that has helped carry the struggle for the rights of farm workers forward for almost five decades."[3]

In 1966, Chavez became the founding director of the National Farm Workers Service Center, which opened up social services to farm workers.[2] Chavez also put his own home up for collateral to establish the UFW's credit union.[1] Chavez organized the Delano grape strike and boycott, which spanned five years during the late 1960s.[1] He later helped organize other strikes in Detroit and New York.

Richard Chavez served as the third Vice President of the United Farm Workers from 1972 until his retirement in 1984.[2] Chavez retired from the United Farm Workers union in 1983, but continued to serve on the board of directors of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the Dolores Huerta Foundation.[1] Chavez worked as a Los Angeles-based custom home builder during the 1990s after he received a California contractor's license.[1]

Chavez was in a long-term romantic relationship with labor leader, Dolores Huerta.[1] Chavez and Huerta never married, but had four children during their relationship.[1]

Richard Chavez died from complications of surgery at a hospital in Bakersfield, California, on July 27, 2011, at the age of 81.[1][2] He was survived by ten children, six from his first marriage and four from his relationship with Dolores Huerta.[1] Chavez was also survived by two sisters, Rita Chavez Medina and Vicki Chavez Lastra, and one surviving brother, Librado Chavez.[1]

President Barack Obama issued a statement calling Chavez "symbol of hope."[4] Chavez had visited Obama at the White House in 2010 to mark Cesar Chavez Day.[4]

Bio courtesy of Wikipedia.org 30*7*2011

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Richard Chavez
Richard ChavezFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Richard Chavez with U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.Richard Estrada Chavez (November 12, 1929 - July 27, 2011) was an American labor leader, organizer and activist. Chavez was the elder brother of labor leader, Cesar Chavez, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Richard Chavez is credited with building the United Farm Workers into a major California agricultural and political organization.[1][2]

Chavez was born in November 12, 1929, near Yuma, Arizona, on a family farm to a migrant family.[1][2] He worked as a child migrant worker during the Great Depression.[1] He transitioned from farm work to carpentry and moved to San Jose, California.[1] In the early 1960s, Chavez would leave his job as a carpenter in order to assist Cesar Chavez in his effort to organize California farm workers.[1] Richard Chavez was a co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become known as the United Farm Workers (UFW).[2]

Richard Chavez spearheaded the construction of the the United Farm Workers' union hall, which became its headquarters, in Delano, California.[1] Paul Chavez, the president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and son of Cesar Chavez, told the Los Angeles Times that "was there before there was a union."[1] In 1962, Richard Chavez designed the now iconic logo of the United Farm Workers, which features a black Aztec eagle.[1][2] (Cesar Chavez chose the red and black colors of the union[2].) Decades later, U.S. President Barack Obama called the eagle "a symbol of hope that has helped carry the struggle for the rights of farm workers forward for almost five decades."[3]

In 1966, Chavez became the founding director of the National Farm Workers Service Center, which opened up social services to farm workers.[2] Chavez also put his own home up for collateral to establish the UFW's credit union.[1] Chavez organized the Delano grape strike and boycott, which spanned five years during the late 1960s.[1] He later helped organize other strikes in Detroit and New York.

Richard Chavez served as the third Vice President of the United Farm Workers from 1972 until his retirement in 1984.[2] Chavez retired from the United Farm Workers union in 1983, but continued to serve on the board of directors of the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the Dolores Huerta Foundation.[1] Chavez worked as a Los Angeles-based custom home builder during the 1990s after he received a California contractor's license.[1]

Chavez was in a long-term romantic relationship with labor leader, Dolores Huerta.[1] Chavez and Huerta never married, but had four children during their relationship.[1]

Richard Chavez died from complications of surgery at a hospital in Bakersfield, California, on July 27, 2011, at the age of 81.[1][2] He was survived by ten children, six from his first marriage and four from his relationship with Dolores Huerta.[1] Chavez was also survived by two sisters, Rita Chavez Medina and Vicki Chavez Lastra, and one surviving brother, Librado Chavez.[1]

President Barack Obama issued a statement calling Chavez "symbol of hope."[4] Chavez had visited Obama at the White House in 2010 to mark Cesar Chavez Day.[4]

Bio courtesy of Wikipedia.org 30*7*2011

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Added by Missterious on Jul 30, 2011 7:47 AM
Missterious
THIS JUST IN - Richard Chavez, brother of Cesar Chavez
THIS JUST IN


Richard Chavez dies at 81; brother of Cesar Chavez
He helped Cesar Chavez build the United Farm Workers into a political and agricultural force. He organized the California grape boycott in the late 1960s.


By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times

July 28, 2011
Richard Chavez, who helped his older brother, legendary labor organizer Cesar Chavez, build the United Farm Workers into a force in state politics and agriculture, died Wednesday. He was 81.

Chavez died from complications following surgery in a Bakersfield hospital, the UFW announced.

"He was one of those little-known giants within the movement. He was extremely effective," Arturo Rodriguez, the union's president, said Wednesday in an interview with The Times.

Born on his family's farm near Yuma, Ariz., in November 1929, Chavez was a migrant worker as a child growing up in the Great Depression. He left the fields to become a union carpenter in San Jose, then left his trade to help his brother organize farm workers in the early 1960s.

"[He] was there before there was a union," said Paul Chavez, Cesar Chavez's son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation in Keene, Calif., which Richard Chavez served as a board member. "The dream of all farm workers was to get out of the fields. He gave up the promise of a more comfortable life to work side by side with my dad and be of service."

Richard Chavez oversaw construction of the union hall at UFW headquarters in Delano, Calif., and was first director of the National Farm Workers Service Center in 1966, providing social services for farm workers. He also designed the black eagle emblem that is the union's insignia in 1962, and put up his house as collateral for a loan that helped capitalize the union's credit union, Paul Chavez said.

He worked for years in the union, organizing the California grape boycott in the late 1960s, and later boycotts in New York and Detroit.

Chavez retired from the union in 1983, but remained active. He obtained a state contractor's license and built custom homes in Los Angeles in the 1990s.

He was also a board member of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and was the longtime romantic partner of Huerta, herself a legend in farm-worker organizing. The couple, who were never married, had four children.

Richard Chavez is survived by 10 children, from his first marriage and his partnership with Huerta, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Librado, and sisters Rita Chavez Medina and Vicki Chavez Lastra. His brother Cesar died in 1993.

Services are pending.


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