Community-building, and what it means to Cesar’s Last Fast

November 4th, 2009 @   -  No Comments

In these final days leading up to our 2009 Fundraising Party, I’m reminded of the opportunity we have to build a community around an important cause: honoring Cesar’s commitment to building a farmworker’s union and a civil rights movement.

Our cause is much smaller than building a union, but in a way it mirrors the legacy Cesar left us. We’re trying to build a community around a project that will honor Cesar’s work and the modern-day organizers who carry out that work today.

And, like Cesar did when he walked door-to-door trying to generate support for the union, we face obstacles. It’s difficult to raise the money to make this film. It’s hard to make any film, but documentaries are especially tough. I heard someone say not too long ago that “any documentary that gets finished is a good documentary” – illustrating just how arduous the process can be.

We know the road ahead is tough, but we believe that Cesar’s story is too important to be lost to history.

Just as Cesar inspired and rallied a community with limited resources, we too are calling on you – our community – to join with us to build and make something powerful.

To make a great film, you assemble a great team. We consider you part of that team.

Whether you knew Cesar, worked with him, walked on a picket line, boycotted grapes, marched in the fields, read books about him, wrote  a school paper, were inspired by his example, or are just learning about his legacy now, you’re part of Cesar’s legacy.

Together we’ll create an important and historic documentary – a film we can share with the nation – and the world – about a man who used his personal experience with discrimination and injustice as the motivation to create a peaceful, non-violent movement that transformed how we would like farmworkers to live and work, and that transformed how a myriad of community organizers throughout this country fight for justice.

That’s why we’re conducting grassroots fundraising events to support the film’s production. And it’s why we ask you to connect with us on facebook or to join our mailing list. Because it’s your film, too. Join us to make this happen.

~Rick

PS: Do you have a story to share about how Cesar’s legacy touched or influenced you? Leave a comment on the blog, we’ll share them all right here on this site.

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