I’ve never understood the hatred
of Unions in modern society and my reading of Cesar Chavez’s writings have
helped strengthen my appreciation of the role of unions. He was a civil rights
and Union activist who helped found the National Farm Workers Association and
is one of the patron saints of the labor movement.
A lot of the gains he helped
win are being slowly rolled back, however, which is a timely reminder that it
is not always enough to win, you must also sustain.
From the depth of need and despair, people
can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill
their own needs with dignity and strength
A great thinker and activist whose
book ‘The Rules for Radicals’ remains one of my mantras. He was a great
community organizer and stood with and for the legion of oppressed peoples
everywhere. His treatises on how to organize down-trodden communities and gain
power from an oppressor are still relevant even today. It’s no surprise that he
influenced such powerful luminaries as President Obama, Secretary Clinton and
Former President Clinton.
Always remember the first rule of power
tactics; power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.