You might have heard of the name Cesar Chavez but I doubt you know the impact he had on farm workers and undocumented workers. Cesar Chavez was a civil rights activist, labor organizer, and a prominent union leader. He strived to improve the conditions that laborers and farmers worked in and raise their pay. Another topic in relation to liberty and justice is Stagflation. Stagflation is a rise in inflation and stagnant economy which can lead to high unemployment rates. Cesar Chavez has had a positive impact on our society and given workers more opportunities to work in a society that gives everyone fair opportunities. Stagflation on the other hand has had a negative impact and when it happens it can get bad.
Cesar Chavez was very passionate about his work and strived to fight for the best for the less fortunate. “Believing that the only permanent solution to the problems of farm workers lay in legislation, Chavez supported the passage of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act (the first of its kind in the nation), which promised to end the cycle of misery and exploitation and ensure justice for the workers” (Sullivan). Cesar Chavez was willing to go the extra mile in order for the government to provide better work for the farm workers.
“Chavez’s drawing on the imagery of the civil rights movement, his insistence on nonviolence, his reliance on volunteers from urban universities and religious organizations, his alliance with organized labor, and his use of mass mobilization techniques such as a famous march on Sacramento in 1966 brought the grape strike and consumer boycott into the national consciousness” (Sullivan). Cesar Chavez never used violence when it came to fighting for the rights of others and shows what kind of person he was and how he was able to bring everyone together in peaceful protest.
Stagflation had its biggest occerence in the US in the 1970’s. Stagflation occurs when, “World oil prices rose[rise] dramatically, increasing the costs of goods and contributing to an increase in unemployment” (Akhila). The main effects of stagflation occur within the economy but, “Country’s citizens are affected by high rates of inflation and unemployment. High unemployment rates further contribute to the slowdown of a country’s economy, causing the economic growth rate to fluctuate no more than a single percentage point above or below a zero growth rate” (Daltorio).
This shows how quickly an economy can go downhill and affect everyone but this can be overcome.“For the economy to overcome the issue of stagflation, government need to work hand-in-hand with the central bank,thus the central bank by contractionary monetary policy(reduce money supply by increasing interest rates to overcome inflation) in a short-run and government by expansionary fiscal policy (reduce spending and increasing tax rate to overcome unemployment, and invest money on treasury-bonds,infrastructure,Public-works,etc) though it might take time to implement” (Lefasta). This is a method that has proven to work and helped the US overcome stagflation in the 1970’s.
Cesar Chavez and stagflation were both important topics when it came to poverty and social class. I chose Cesar Chavez because of his work with undocumented workers and wanted to learn more about him and the positive impact he had on others. I chose stagflation because I wanted to see how a nation’s economy was affected by stagflation and how the nation would manage to bounce back. Our country has learned a lot about the unfairness in pay and conditions in which some workers are working in and try to improve it as much as they can. Stagflation has prepared us for the next time it happens so we can bounce back as an economy and not struggle as much as we did in the 1970’s. I think it is safe to say that our country is becoming way better in providing liberty and justice for all thanks to people like Cesar Chavez.