On September 29, 1943, Lech Walesa was born. He was born into an ordinary family in Poland. Before he became a politician, he worked as a car mechanic, served in the army, and worked as an electrician. While working as an electrician in 1976, he was fired for his role in the clash between the workers and the government (Lech Walesa). This is what sparked his interest in politics and how unfair the laws actually were in Poland. Walesa was a large influence on civil disobedience during the Communists’ rule in Poland. His first strike against the Communists was in July of 1980. He led the workers of the Lenin Shipyard against the government (Civil Disobedience). In September of 1981, Walesa was elected the chairman of the First National Solidarity Congress. However, in December of 1981, General Jaruzelski “suspended” Solidarity causing its leaders to be arrested and Walesa getting sent to a remote country house (Lech Walesa). Over time, the union banded together again and Walesa was voted its president (Civil Disobedience). Now the leader of the Solidarity Congress, Walesa began holding meetings with world leaders, beginning to make change. Adrian Karatnycky says, “Without Walesa, Solidarity might not have developed from a trade union into a mass phenomenon.” (Karatnycky). Because of Walesa’s determination, Poland was heading in the direction of freedom. Walesa unified the citizens of Poland and began a resistance that lasted nearly a decade (Karatnycky). The foundation of the union was the hard workers. Walesa understood that poor conditions needed to change, and that the workers were fed up. As time went on, more and more people joined the union: educated workers, skilled workers, and intellectuals who believed in the cause. Strike after strike and protest after protest, Solidarity made an impact. After a decade of resisting, the communist reign was destroyed. Walesa was elected the president of Poland, and served two terms as president (Editors). Walesa was a huge influence on the country and will be to future resisters to come. Lech Walesa once said, “We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.” (Quotes). Poland would not be the same without the great civil resistor, Lech Walesa.