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Monday, January 17, 2011

"Sí, se puede!" and the United Farm Workers of America

For many, today is a holiday to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It is a time to reflect on the civil rights movement: how far it has come and how far it has to go.

For those who study Spanish, it might also be a good time to remember another civil rights leader from the Latino community: Cesar Chávez.  He was a tireless advocate for farmworkers who established the United Farm Workers of America. (Stephen Colbert teamed up with the current UFW president to do stint as a farm worker as part of the "Take Our Jobs" campaign).

The motto of the United Farm Workers from its earliest days is "¡Sí, se puede!"  Since 1972 when the UFW settled on that motto, it has been widely adopted--used by sports fans in support of their teams and, recently and famously, by Barack Obama in his political campaigns where the English version "Yes, we can" dominated.

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