"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him...The people who give you their food give you their heart."
Speaker: Cesar Chavez, Mexican-American Activist & Farm Worker (1927-1993)
Who do you enjoy breaking bread with?
I just got home from having what we call Family Sunday Dinner. It's always fun and there's always too many leftovers, but you know what the best part is? We aren't even all related. But it kind of reminds me of Chavez's quote today because when you start sharing dinner with people on a regular basis, they do become sort of like family to you. When you are sharing your food and your time, you are also sharing your stories and your lives. It's a truly bonding experience.
Who farms the food you eat?
I'd also like to take a minute and talk about Cesar Chavez. When you're biting into a plate of food, do you ever stop and think about where your food came from before it hit the grocery store? Well, Chavez knew first hand where it came from. He was a Mexican-American who grew up doing migrant farm work with his family in the fields.
Activist Cesar Chavez
Migrant farming is really arduous work and the workers haven't always been treated well or paid fairly. Chavez experienced this injustice and decided to do something to fix it. In the 1960s, he founded the National Farm Workers Association which joined with other groups to unionize workers. Eventually, the union helped get better pay and better working conditions for farm workers. It wasn't easy, though. Chavez led protests, marches, and hunger strikes--one which probably led to his death--to get better working condition for farm workers. His work truly
made lives better and safer for farm workers all over the country.
Renegade Thought of the Day: Do you enjoy dining with people or alone the most? Why?
Pretend you are going to a friend's house for dinner and need to bring a food that symbolizes friendship to you. What would you bring and why?
Renegade Challenge: Consider having a dinner party or at least mix it up a little with your lunch time crew.
Bonus Video: You have to make time to watch this eye-opening 2014 ABC News video on what farm work is like for workers today. I couldn't even believe some of the things I saw.
Bonus Video: Watch the 2014 Cesar Chavez movie trailer below! I'm adding it to my must-see list!