Chavez family, Sanders visit landmark in Delano

Posted at 6:43 PM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 12:05:24-04

Cesar Chavez fought for the rights of farm workers and it’s his work from many years ago which leaders from around the world recognize today.

Senator Bernie Sanders visited the historic landmark were Cesar Chavez fasted for 25 days in 1968. Cesar's nephew says his uncle sacrificed his life so that labor workers could win non-violent victories.

After speaking to hundreds of supporters at the Kern County fairgrounds yesterday, Sanders made an unexpected stop in Delano. 

Labor leader Cesar Chavez push for immigration reform and justice for farm workers has been a vital contribution to the United Farm Workers Labor Union.

And yesterday during a one-on-one interview with 23ABC Sanders said he came to Bakersfield because the challenges farm workers face matters to him.

"I wanted to make sure people are not getting sick because of exposure to pesticides, I want to make sure that people have clean drinking water and I wanted to learn about those issues, so that's why I am here," said Chavez.

Cesar Chavez’s nephew, Federico was overcome with emotion as he reflected on the legacy his father and uncle left.

“A lot of people sacrificed, my uncle sacrificed. He (Chavez) sacrificed mostly in terms of giving up his health with the first fast of non-violence in 1968,” said Chavez.