Please join us tomorrow, Friday, March 29, to celebrate the life and legacy of César Chávez! César Chávez Day is celebrated annually on March 31 in the U.S. and beyond, and is recognized as an official state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas. We will celebrate with birthday cake, an educational display, and by coming together as a CWU community!
WHEN: TODAY! Friday, March 29, 2013 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Outside the César Chávez Room, SURC 135
FREE and open to the public, walk through anytime
Senator Robert F. Kennedy described César Chávez as "one of the heroic figures of our time." A true American hero, Chávez was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of militant nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights. A first-generation American, Chávez was born on March 31, 1927 outside Yuma, Arizona. At age 11, his family lost their farm during the Great Depression and became migrant farm workers. Throughout his youth and into adulthood, Chávez traveled the migrant streams throughout California laboring in the fields, orchards and vineyards, where he was exposed to the hardships and injustices of farmworker life. After attending numerous schools as the family migrated, Chávez finished his formal education after the eighth grade and worked the fields full-time to help support his family. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, and served in the Western Pacific. After working as a community and labor organizer in the 1950s, Chávez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Dolores Huerta in 1962, an organization that later became the United Farm Workers. Chávez employed nonviolent means to bring attention to the plight of farm workers by leading marches, calling for boycotts and going on several hunger strikes, which helped bring national attention to the dangers of pesticides to workers' health. It is believed that Chávez's hunger strikes contributed to his death on April 23, 1993 in San Luis, Arizona. For more information on César Chávez's life and legacy, visit www.cesarechavezfoundation.org.
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