Crusades of Cesar Chavez, Week One

It’s been a whirlwind first week! I’ve done about 25 interviews with local and national print, radio and television media — in studio, skype podcasts, and phone interviews. The conversations have been thoughtful and thought-provoking, touching on issues including immigration, movement-building, and of course, details of Chavez’s life. I’ve also written a couple of pieces, and the book has gotten good reviews and praise from some unusual quarters (it’s not everyday an archibishop emeritus blogs about your work!)

Because the Diego Luna movie came out around the same time as the book, there have been some interesting conversations about how Chavez is portrayed in film vs. book.  I will be writing more about this in the next few days.

For those interested in learning more about Chavez and gaining insight into the book, here are a few links to pieces I particularly liked.  A full collection of links to all the related stories and interviews is posted on the book’s website.

An Op-Ed piece I wrote for Fox News Latino

blog post by Cardinal Roger Mahony, a very key figure during the critical years of the farm worker movement, who says “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” is “the most comprehensive and accurate book on the life and work of Cesar Chavez.”

My appearance on the Tavis Smiley show.

A great conversation with Larry Mantle on KPCC

An interview I did on “Uprising” on KPFK

A thoughtful, well-reported piece on Chavez and his position re“illegal immigrants”. (Fox News Latino has done some of the best, balanced, non-ideological coverage of Chavez in the past week).

A thoughtful  story about the book, the biopic and a Chavez documentary.

The Los Angeles Times feature story on the book and the movie.




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