Karen Bass celebrates the 84th Birthday of César Chávez

Apr 1, 2011 Issues: Education, Local Issues

Washington, DC “César Chávez lead a life dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless, to fighting for dignity and equality for his fellow human. Through organizing, activism, and non-violent protest, he helped to end the exploitation of immigrant farm workers and, along with Dolores Huerta, founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Because of the UFW, for the first time farm workers were given a seat at the bargaining table and had control over their own destiny.

“Although César Chávez became the champion of the Latino rights movement, his influence was felt far beyond one community. His rhetorical gifts and moral clarity put him amongst the pantheon of American civil rights leaders alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, and his work helped shape our nation.

“Though today we honor would have been his 84th birthday, I will never forget where I was when I learned of the passing of César Chávez- it was one of those sad moments in history that leaves an indelible mark upon your memory.  So on this day, we honor him by continuing the fight for workers across America; standing in solidarity to ensure the sanctity of their hard won rights.”