The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez

Crossing Religious Borders

Author: Luis D. Leon

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520959485

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The Political Spirituality of Cesar Chavez: Crossing Religious Borders maps and challenges many of the mythologies that surround the late iconic labor leader. Focusing on Chavez's own writings, León argues that La Causa can be fruitfully understood as a quasi-religious movement based on Chavez’s charismatic leadership, which he modeled after Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi. Chavez recognized that spiritual prophecy, or political spirituality, was the key to disrupting centuries-old dehumanizing narratives that conflated religion with race. Chavez’s body became emblematic for Chicano identity and enfleshed a living revolution. While there is much debate and truth-seeking around how he is remembered, through investigating the leader’s construction of his own public memory, the author probes the meaning of the discrepancies. By refocusing Chavez's life and beliefs into three broad movements—mythology, prophecy, and religion—León brings us a moral and spiritual agent to match the political leader.

Grounding Religion

A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology

Author: Whitney A. Bauman,Richard Bohannon,Kevin J. O'Brien

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351795848

Category: Religion

Page: 294

View: 3492

Now in its second edition, Grounding Religion explores relationships between the environment and religious beliefs and practices. Established scholars introduce students to the ways in which religion shapes human–earth relations, surveying a series of questions about how the religious world influences and is influenced by ecological systems. Case studies, discussion questions, and further reading enrich students’ experience. This second edition features updated content, including revisions of every chapter and new material on natural disasters, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, climate change, food, technology, and hope and despair. An excellent text for undergraduates and graduates alike, it offers an expansive overview of the academic field of religion and ecology as it has emerged in the past fifty years.

The Violence of Climate Change

Lessons of Resistance from Nonviolent Activists

Author: Kevin J. O'Brien

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 1626164355

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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It is beyond debate that human beings are the primary cause of climate change. Many think of climate change as primarily a scientific, economic, or political problem, and those perspectives inform Kevin O'Brien's analysis. But O'Brien argues that we should respond to climate change first and foremost as a case of systematic and structural violence. As he points out, global warming is primarily caused by the carbon emissions of the affluent, emissions that harm the poor first and worst. Climate change divides human beings from one another and from the earth; in short, global warming and climate change is violence. In order to sustain a constructive and creative response to this violence, he contends, society needs practical examples of activism and nonviolent peacemaking. O'Brien identifies five such examples from US history, providing brief biographies of heroic individuals whose idealism and social commitment and political savvy can model the fight against climate change and for climate justice: Quaker abolitionist John Woolman; social reformer Jane Addams; Catholic worker advocate Dorothy Day; civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; and union organizer Cesar Chavez. These moral exemplars, all of whom were motivated by their Christian faith, serve as witnesses to those seeking to make peace in response to the violence of climate change.

The Gospel of César Chávez

My Faith in Action

Author: Mario T. Garcia

Publisher: Sheed & Ward

ISBN: 1461635438

Category: History

Page: 140

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Once asked to explain how he had sustained himself over so many years of struggle, César Chávez responded: "I don't think I could base my will to struggle on cold economics or some political doctrine. For me, the base must be faith." In evaluating the life and struggles of César Chávez, one of the most recognized Latino leaders in the United States and the first labor leader to successfully organize and unionize U.S. farm workers, many historians, journalists, and other writers have largely missed one significant factor of his life—his faith and deep spirituality. The Gospel of César Chávez uses the prolific leader's own words to express his profound faith and the way it shaped his life and leadership.

Mexican Americans and the Politics of Diversity

Querer Es Poder!

Author: Lisa Maga–a

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816522651

Category: Social Science

Page: 113

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This book examines the various ways politics plays out in the Mexican-origin community, from grassroots action and voter turnout to elected representation, public policy creation, and the influence of lobbying organizations. Lisa Magana illustrates the essential roles that Mexican Americans play in the political process and describes significant political mobilization in recent years around such issues as environmental racism, immigration, and affirmative action. Mexican Americans and the Politics of Diversity depicts an important political force that will continue to grow in the coming decades. This book clearly shows students the uniqueness of the community's political participation and public policy needs in a changing America.

Cesar Chavez

A Triumph of Spirit

Author: Richard Griswold del Castillo,Richard A. Garcia

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806129570

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 7755

Explores the growth and development of the farm labor organizer

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 160819714X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 8432

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Winner of the California Book Award A searching portrait of an iconic figure long shrouded in myth by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of an acclaimed history of Chavez's movement. Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino leader in US history. Yet his life story has been told only in hagiography-until now. In the first comprehensive biography of Chavez, Miriam Pawel offers a searching yet empathetic portrayal. Chavez emerges here as a visionary figure with tragic flaws; a brilliant strategist who sometimes stumbled; and a canny, streetwise organizer whose pragmatism was often at odds with his elusive, soaring dreams. He was an experimental thinker with eclectic passions-an avid, self-educated historian and a disciple of Gandhian non-violent protest. Drawing on thousands of documents and scores of interviews, this superbly written life deepens our understanding of one of Chavez's most salient qualities: his profound humanity. Pawel traces Chavez's remarkable career as he conceived strategies that empowered the poor and vanquished California's powerful agriculture industry, and his later shift from inspirational leadership to a cult of personality, with tragic consequences for the union he had built. The Crusades of Cesar Chavez reveals how this most unlikely American hero ignited one of the great social movements of our time.

El Teatro Campesino

Theater in the Chicano Movement

Author: Yolanda Broyles-González

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 286

View: 3839

This pioneering work demythologizes and reinterprets the company's history from its origins in California's farm labor struggles to its successes in Europe and on Broadway until the disbanding of the original collective ensemble in 1980 with the subsequent adoption of mainstream production practices.

Ein geistlicher Leiter

Author: Zac Poonen

Publisher: neobooks

ISBN: 3847692518

Category: Religion

Page: 124

View: 6453

Als Leiter von Gottes Volk haben wir eine große Verantwortung, der nächsten Generation zu zeigen, was Christusähnlichkeit wirklich bedeutet. Menschen, die uns beobachten – wie wir leben, predigen und dienen – sollten in der Lage sein, in uns zu sehen, was es bedeutet, ein wahrer Diener des Herrn im Stil der Apostel und Propheten von einst zu sein, und nicht im Stil solcher Evangelisten, die sich wie die Filmstars im 20./21. Jahrhundert benehmen. Ob wir es erkennen oder nicht, wir lassen überall, wo wir hingehen, ein Bild zurück – ein Bild, das im Verstand der Menschen haften bleiben wird, lange nachdem wir weggegangen sind und lange nachdem sie die Botschaften, die wir ihnen verkündeten, vergessen haben. Ein geistlicher Leiter wird für andere ein solches Vorbild sein, dass er in der Lage sein wird, anderen zu sagen, „Folgt mir nach, so wie ich Christus nachfolge“. Wenn du ein solcher Leiter sein möchtest, dann lies dieses Buch ...

Taking it to the Streets

The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka

Author: Harry Justin Elam

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 187

View: 8990

An original and valuable assessment of American political theater in the 1960s and 1970s

Mexican American Religions

Spirituality, Activism, and Culture

Author: Gastón Espinosa,Mario T. García

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822388952

Category: Religion

Page: 454

View: 3962

This collection presents a rich, multidisciplinary inquiry into the role of religion in the Mexican American community. Breaking new ground by analyzing the influence of religion on Mexican American literature, art, activism, and popular culture, it makes the case for the establishment of Mexican American religious studies as a distinct, recognized field of scholarly inquiry. Scholars of religion, Latin American, and Chicano/a studies as well as of sociology, anthropology, and literary and performance studies, address several broad themes. Taking on questions of history and interpretation, they examine the origins of Mexican American religious studies and Mario Barrera’s theory of internal colonialism. In discussions of the utopian community founded by the preacher and activist Reies López Tijerina, César Chávez’s faith-based activism, and the Los Angeles-based Católicos Por La Raza movement of the late 1960s, other contributors focus on mystics and prophets. Still others illuminate popular Catholicism by looking at Our Lady of Guadalupe, home altars, and Los Pastores dramas (nativity plays) as vehicles for personal, social, and political empowerment. Turning to literature, contributors consider Gloria Anzaldúa’s view of the borderlands as a mystic vision and the ways that Chicana writers invoke religious symbols and rhetoric to articulate a moral vision highlighting social injustice. They investigate the role of healing, looking at it in relation to both the Latino Pentecostal movement and the practice of the curanderismo tradition in East Los Angeles. Delving into to popular culture, they reflect on Luis Valdez’s video drama La Pastorela: “The Shepherds’ Play,” the spirituality of Chicana art, and the religious overtones of the reverence for the slain Tejana music star Selena. This volume signals the vibrancy and diversity of the practices, arts, traditions, and spiritualities that reflect and inform Mexican American religion. Contributors: Rudy V. Busto, Davíd Carrasco, Socorro Castañeda-Liles, Gastón Espinosa, Richard R. Flores, Mario T. García, María Herrera-Sobek, Luís D. León, Ellen McCracken, Stephen R. Lloyd-Moffett, Laura E. Pérez, Roberto Lint Saragena, Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, Kay Turner

Borderlands Saints

Secular Sanctity in Chicano/a and Mexican Culture

Author: Desirée A. Martín

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813570581

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 4249

In Borderlands Saints, Desirée A. Martín examines the rise and fall of popular saints and saint-like figures in the borderlands of the United States and Mexico. Focusing specifically on Teresa Urrea (La Santa de Cabora), Pancho Villa, César Chávez, Subcomandante Marcos, and Santa Muerte, she traces the intersections of these figures, their devotees, artistic representations, and dominant institutions with an eye for the ways in which such unofficial saints mirror traditional spiritual practices and serve specific cultural needs. Popular spirituality of this kind engages the use and exchange of relics, faith healing, pilgrimages, and spirit possession, exemplifying the contradictions between high and popular culture, human and divine, and secular and sacred. Martín focuses upon a wide range of Mexican and Chicano/a cultural works drawn from the nineteenth century to the present, covering such diverse genres as the novel, the communiqué, drama, the essay or crónica, film, and contemporary digital media. She argues that spiritual practice is often represented as narrative, while narrative—whether literary, historical, visual, or oral—may modify or even function as devotional practice.

American Theatre

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Theater

Page: N.A

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The Rhetorical Career of César Chávez

Author: John C. Hammerback,Richard Jay Jensen

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 241

View: 3569

Although born into one of the least powerful segments of American society, Cesar Chavez led the farm-labor movement to unprecedented heights. His powerful effect on audiences is well known, but award-winning scholars John C. Hammerback and Richard J. Jensen offer the first explanation of how Chavez achieved that effect. Although other studies of Chavez exist, none has examined so thoroughly his rhetoric nor analyzed in depth such a large number of Chavez's own texts -- scores of which have previously been unstudied. Chavez was an indefatigable speaker, writer, and non-discursive communicator who developed a well-thought-out approach to his rhetorical discourse and placed his speaking and writing at the very center of his career. By merging thought and character in his themes, arguments, and explanations, and in his first and second personae, Chavez was able to identify with the character of his listeners. That identification induced many audience members to support Chavez's agenda for union activism. The authors have developed a model to help explain Chavez's startling transformation of some audiences and persuasion of others. Hammerback and Jensen reveal that Chavez's world view motivated him to work tirelessly and directed him to the particular rhetorical qualities and techniques that characterized his discourse. The authors also demonstrate Chavez's surprising effectiveness as a rhetor despite his soft-spoken style, uncharacteristic of most powerful orators.

Der Tag der Heuschrecke

Roman

Author: Nathanael West

Publisher: Manesse Verlag

ISBN: 3641118786

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 6965

Wiederentdeckung eines US-amerikanischen Kultautors Hollywood: nirgends gedeihen Illusionen prächtiger, nirgends werden sie rascher entsorgt. Hauptsache, die Show geht weiter. Dieser Roman ist eine herrlich respektlose Nahaufnahme der Traumfabrik, eine filmreife Parodie auf Starkult und kollektiven Selbstbetrug. Keiner hat das wahre Hollywood mit seinen Widersprüchen, Abgründen und Hell-Dunkel-Kontrasten schärfer erfasst als Nathanael West. In seiner Satire widmet er sich den Schattenseiten einer durch und durch künstlichen Welt, in der die Verlierer in der Überzahl sind: die ewigen Statisten, Sternchen, Schmalspurdiven und Reservehelden. Je zweifelhafter deren Aussicht auf das große Los, desto verbissener hängen sie ihren Illusionen nach – und überbieten sich in einer Parade der Peinlichkeiten und Selbstentblößungen. Einmal mehr besticht Nathanael West hier mit der hohen Kunst der Zuspitzung. Schonungslos bis zum Zynismus legt er das Urkomische im Tragischen frei und entlarvt seine Figuren als hoffnungslose Träumer, ohne sie dabei zu diffamieren. Wunsch und Wirklichkeit mögen noch so weit auseinanderklaffen, menschliche Sehnsüchte sind einfach nicht totzukriegen. So ist dieses Buch eine Demaskierung des neuzeitlichen Wahns, um jeden Preis ein Star werden zu müssen, und ein tiefer Seufzer angesichts evidenter Aussichtslosigkeit. Neuübersetzung

Lance Armstrong

Wie der erfolgreichste Radprofi aller Zeiten die Welt betrog

Author: Juliet Macur

Publisher: Edel:Books

ISBN: 3841903452

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 6564

Lance Armstrong und das Rad der Lügen: Juliet Macur, Sportreporterin bei der New York Times, liefert die erste umfassende Darstellung, wie das System Armstrong über Jahrzehnte funktionieren konnte. Kollegen, Kontrolleure, Sportorganisationen, Sponsoren, Medien und selbst die Familie – sie alle wurden von Lance und seinen Helfern belogen, betrogen und unter zum Teil massiven Druck gesetzt. Das Buch, das auf intensiven Gesprächen mit Lance Armstrong und zahlreichen Interviews mit alten Weggefährten basiert, enthüllt die Zusammenhänge des größten Dopingskandal der Geschichte und liefert das beeindruckende Psychogramm eines scheinbar vollkommen gefühlskalten Egomanen. Spannend von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite – nicht nur für Radsport-Fans!

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Amerikas moralische Krise

Author: Jimmy Carter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783866121041

Category: Christianity and politics

Page: 194

View: 7812

President Carter has written importantly about his spiritual life and faith. In this book, he offers a personal consideration of "moral values" as they relate to the important issues of the day. He puts forward a passionate defense of separation of church and state, and a strong warning of where the country is heading as the lines between politics and rigid religious fundamentalism are blurred. He reacts to some trends involving both the religious and the political worlds as they have increasingly become intertwined, and including some of the most crucial and controversial issues of the day--frequently encapsulated under "moral values." They include preemptive war, women's rights, terrorism, civil liberties, homosexuality, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, America's global image, fundamentalism, and the melding of religion and politics. Sustained by his faith, Carter assesses these issues in a forceful and unequivocal but balanced and courageous way.--From publisher description.

Blowout!

Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice

Author: Mario T. García,Sal Castro

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807871812

Category: Educational equalization

Page: 367

View: 3784

"In March 1968, thousands of Chicano students walked out of their East Los Angeles high schools and middle schools to protest decades of inferior and discriminatory education in the so-called "Mexican Schools." During these historic walkouts, or "blowouts," the students were led by Sal Castro, a courageous and charismatic Mexican American teacher who encouraged the students to make their grievances public after school administrators and school board members failed to listen to them. The resulting blowouts sparked the beginning of the urban Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the largest and most widespread civil rights protests by Mexican Americans in U.S. history. This fascinating testimonio, or oral history, transcribed and presented in Castro's voice by historian Mario T. Garcia, is a compelling, highly readable narrative of a young boy growing up in Los Angeles who made history by his leadership in the blowouts and in his career as a dedicated and committed teacher. Blowout! fills a major void in the history of the civil rights and Chicano movements of the 1960s, particularly the struggle for educational justice."--Publisher's description.

The Catholic Worker

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Church and social problems

Page: N.A

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