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At 53, Gandhi was again thrown in jail. He served two years of a six-year term. When he came out, he decided to devote his energies to improving the relationship between Hindus and Muslims. In 1945, the British government decided to divide India into two states. India would be for Hindus, and Pakistan would be for Muslims. Gandhi disagreed with this idea. Months of violence followed as the process of splitting the two countries took place. Gandhi wanted to promote peace between the warring religions.
The AWOC members were too angry to wait, however. The strike would have gone ahead anyway, with or without the NFWA. Dolores and César reasoned that they should do all they could to help their Filipino friends. They also understood that by joining the strike they would gain more supporters. 55 On September 16, 1965—timed to coincide with Mexican Independence Day—the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) voted to strike. Now that the two groups were combined, they included more than 5,000 farm workers.
He kept hundreds of books in his union office and read any time he could. He believed that the purpose of education was to enable him and others to help the oppressed. César Chávez was a true lifelong learner. The Inspiration Behind the Union César was inspired by a number of mentors. One of these mentors was a priest named Father Donald McDonnell. César would speak with Father McDonnell at length about strikes and farm workers. He believed in the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and of St. Francis of Assisi.