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CESAR CHAVEZ IN ACTION
CESAR CHAVEZ IN ACTION
 

Statement on Ending Fast

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 Cesar Chavez' statement on ending his fast.


 

Photo above:
Cesar Chavez and farm workers man the picket line while striking a grower. — Oscar Castillo, Courtesy of Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.


It follows the full text transcript of Cesar Chavez' statement on ending his fast, delivered by James Drake at Delano, California — March 10, 1968.


 

Cesar Chavez - Speech I have asked the Rev. James Drake

to read this statement to you because my heart is so full and my body too weak to be able to say what I feel. My war thanks to all of you for coming today. Many of you have been here before, during the Fast. Some have sent beautiful cards and telegrams and made offerings at the Mass. All of these expressions of your love have strengthened me and I am grateful.

We should all express our thanks to Senator [Robert] Kennedy for his constant work on behalf of the poor, for his personal encouragement to me, and for taking time to break bread with us today.

I do not want any of you to be deceived about the Fast. The strict Fast of water only which I undertook on February 16 ended after the 21st day because of the advice of our doctor, James McKnight, and other physicians. Since that time I have been taking liquids in order to prevent serious damage to my kidneys.

We are gathered here today not so much to observe the end of the Fast but because we are a family bound together in a common struggle for justice. We are a Union family celebrating our unity and the nonviolent nature of our movement. Perhaps in the future we will come together at other times and places to break bread and to renew our courage and to celebrate important victories.