Thursday, March 31, 2011

VIVA César Chávez! March 31st, Happy César Chávez Day

Today honors César Chávez, one of the great Labor Leaders of the twentieth century. Eight states have declared today César Chávez Day, and numerous cities, counties, cultural centers, school districts, parks and libraries across the USA mark today with a special commemoration. César Chávez was born on March 31st 1927 and died on April 23, 1993. Mr. Chávez co-founded the United Farm Workers and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Bill Clinton as well as the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award. Mr. Chávez was instrumental in organizing the farm workers of California, many of whom were migrants living at the mercy of the landowners. The efforts of Mr. Chávez brought about the California Agricultural Labor Relations Acts which gave collective bargaining rights to farm workers. Mr. Chávez inspired a generation of activists from many segments of society, and brought justice to the fields of California. Mr. Chávez is especially remembered for the famed UFW-initiated grape boycott of the 1970s. In this era of attacks on Labor, especially public-sector unions, it is good to recall the Labor heroes of yesteryear who fought to make this country a better place for all working men and women.

Thanks to Ryan Chegwin who wrote this dedication to Cesar Chavez!

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