October 2, 2012 |
Cesar E. Chavez, the son of migrant laborers whose nonviolent struggle for farm laborers' rights won him comparisons to Gandhi, will be commemorated with a new national monument in Keene, Calif. President Obama is expected to travel to Keene on Oct. 8 to formally establish the monument, the 398th park unit in the U.S. (A national park generally has “outstanding scenic feature or natural phenomena,” according to the National Park Service website. “National monuments, on the other hand ... contain objects of historic, prehistoric, or scientific interest.”)
September 25, 2012 |
Cesar Chavez died in 1993, but the Mexican American labor leader's prominence continues to grow. Streets in many American cities bear his name; his face appeared on a postage stamp; President Obama embraced Chavez's slogan, " Sí, se puede " ("Yes, it can be done") in his 2008 campaign; and Apple featured the United Farm Workers founder in its "think different" campaign. These honors have all served to heighten public awareness of Chavez, who for a time seemed to be winning the battle to bring justice to the farm fields of California.
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April 1, 2013 |
A controversy over Easter Sunday's Google doodle for California f arm labor leader Cesar Chave z shows no signs of letting up. Sunday was Chavez's birthday, and Google honored him with a doodle on its home page. Some people have blasted the search engine, saying Easter was the wrong day for such an honor. But Chavez supporters have praised the move. PHOTOS: Google Doodles of 2013 Google, meanwhile, explain what happened .“We enjoy celebrating holidays at Google but, as you may imagine, it's difficult for us to choose which events to highlight on our site,” a Google representative told the Washington Post . “Sometimes for a given date, we feature an historical event or influential figure that we haven't in the past.” The debate over the doodle has raged on Facebook and Twitter Sunday and into Monday.
March 30, 2000 |
Cesar Chavez was described by Robert Kennedy as "one of the heroic figures of our time." He fought for fair wages, improved education, equal rights and social justice for the Latino community. Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Ariz., The son of generations of farm workers, he began working the fields at age 10. He ultimately became the voice of the United Farm Workers.
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April 24, 1993
In 1952 a community organizer named Fred Ross went into the tough San Jose barrio known as Salsipuedes (the word means, "Get out if you can") to help set up a civil rights group for the area's Mexican-Americans. Ross knew he needed a local Chicano to help him, and at one meeting he ran across an uneducated but intense young man named Cesar Chavez. That night Ross wrote in his dairy, "I think I found the guy I'm looking for." Little did Ross know how prescient those words would be.
April 7, 2010
Chavez's legacy Re "Not just to praise Cesar," Opinion, March 31 Thank you for this nuanced article. Indeed, all heroes are human, with real flaws -- and our history books should take note, because that is how we learn how challenging it is to bring about "change," work with others and be aware of our own flaws. I have not read Miriam Pawel's book, but she might have added in the article that even the first part of Chavez's work as a labor organizer should be told with shades of gray.