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Boise Remembers the Fight in the Fields for Civil Rights


People are protesting these days in numbers not seen since the Vietnam War. Even in Boise, thousands have marched to the Capitol demanding their voices be heard. Cesar Chavez would be proud. Chavez was a farmer-turned-activist who inspired generations to stand up against injustice. He formed unions, swayed government officials and helped to create laws that gave basic rights to farmers. He's a model of peaceful American protest to whom people can look as they craft their picket signs.

March is Chavez's month: Eight states have marked his March 31 birthday as a holiday. Boise will help celebrate the icon with a week of events at Boise State.

Kicking off the week is The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle, a documentary that chronicles Chavez's life, passion and how he created the United Farmworkers Union. The film utilizes newsreel and archival footage combined with interviews of those central to Chavez's life and movement. The Fight in the Fields will leave you inspired--if not to protest yourself, then at least to join in for the remainder of the Chavez Week celebrations, which last until Friday, March 25.

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