Cesar Chavez Day

CESAR CHAVEZ FILM OPENS, CALLS GROW FOR NATIONAL HOLIDAY TO HONOR FARMWORKERS’ LEADER

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 31, 2014 (San Diego)—Monday, March 31st is Cesar Chavez Day in California and seven other states.  It commemorates the birthday of the tenacious farm workers’ organizer and civil rights leader.  Now, 21 years after Chavez’ death, a  petition drive has been launched asking President Barack Obama to declare March 31 a national day of service. You can view or sign the petition here: http://www.takepart.com/chavez/petition.

In addition, a new movie , Cesar Chavez: History is made one step at a time,  debuted this past weekend in theaters across the nation, including locally in San Diego and East County.  The movie documents Chavez’ courage amid turbulent times as he fought for a better way of life for farm workers and their families.  View a trailer here: http://www.fandango.com/movie-trailer/cesarchavez-trailer/168951.

CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY- EVENTS AND CLOSURES

By Janis Mork

April 1, 2013 (San Diego)- In honor of César Chávez day, all  state administrative offices, most local government offices and schools will be closed today, and all trash/recyclables will be delayed by one day. For a full list of closures and the businesses that will remain open, visit: http://fox5sandiego.com/2013/04/01/closures-for-cesar-chavez-day/#axzz2PEZ9g7Tf.

Chávez was born March 31, 1927. He became active with the Community Service Organization, which helped fight racial and economic discrimination against Chicanos. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in the 1960’s. He believed in non-violence and organized strikes and boycotts to gain rights for migrant farm workers, gaining support to have his organization be the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States. Up until his death on April 23, 1993, he remained president of United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO).