Cesar Chavez – a Latino Minuteman?

Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s office is quite thrilled about the upcoming 8th Anual Cesar Chavez State Holiday. Here are excerpts from a Solorio press release touting an event coming up in Santa Ana in celebration of Chavez’ birthday:

On Saturday, March 22, 2008, Santa Ana will be celebrating its 8th Annual Cesar E. Chavez State Holiday at Cesar Chavez Delhi Park (2314 S. Halladay Street) from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a full program of entertainment, family activities, and a community fair. A formal program featuring a keynote address by labor leader and granddaughter of Chavez, Christine Chavez, will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A rally and memorial march will begin at Cesar Chavez High School (2128 Cypress Ave.) to the celebration site at 11:45 a.m.

As the co-founder and president of the United Farm Workers (UFW), Chavez devoted his life to raise awareness of the plight of farm workers in this country. He fought consistently throughout his lifetime to eliminate the unhealthy and intolerable working conditions that farm workers endured. Beginning in 2001, March 31st became an official state holiday for Cesar E. Chavez.

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