Honoring the Legacy of Cesar Chavez

United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, foreground right, addresses a large crowd at a rally in Calexico, California, Feb. 27, 1979. [AP File Photo]

Barbara Shailor serves as Special Representative for International Labor Affairs.

On March 23, President Obama announced that Americans would celebrate March 31, 2012, in recognition of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez, who made it his mission to “ensure respect, dignity, and fair treatment for farm workers,” was a strong advocate for human rights and social justice — for migrants, for workers, and for communities. His philosophy of nonviolence and his commitment to fighting discrimination and improving working conditions for migrant workers are key parts of the history of the civil rights and labor movements in the United States. They also serve as inspiration to activists and community leaders, here in the United States and around the world, who continue his work. 

Today, I encourage everyone to take a moment to read the text of President Obama’s proclamation, and to honor Cesar Chavez and all those who organize, who advocate, and who dream of and achieve better livelihoods for their families and communities.

  1. wmt-w-analicia reblogged this from shortformblog
  2. portolatrail reblogged this from statedept and added:
    Yes, but read this, too.
  3. euvreau reblogged this from statedept
  4. xenicitizen reblogged this from statedept
  5. citylightscomebackinjune reblogged this from shortformblog
  6. jmcme reblogged this from statedept
  7. exceedinglytrans reblogged this from sqweak
  8. sqweak reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  9. bagels-and-coffee reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  10. edgeraid reblogged this from reagan-was-a-horrible-president
  11. reagan-was-a-horrible-president reblogged this from statedept
  12. bsuforobama reblogged this from statedept
  13. total-todd-review reblogged this from shortformblog
  14. aprenderemas reblogged this from shortformblog
  15. sarahlee310 reblogged this from statedept
  16. dreazil reblogged this from shortformblog and added:
    Does anyone else see the irony of the U.S government honoring a man who stood up for civil rights and citizen dignity...
  17. juliepants reblogged this from shortformblog
  18. kylegreggy reblogged this from shortformblog
  19. menycandtv reblogged this from shortformblog
  20. bettydevoid reblogged this from shortformblog
  21. shortformblog reblogged this from statedept and added:
    Definitely worth familiarizing yourself this afternoon with the story and legacy of Cesar Chavez, a towering figure in...
Blog comments powered by Disqus