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March 31, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
California farm labor leader Cesar Chave z was honored on Eastern Sunday with a Google doodle on the home page of the search engine.   The honor comes several months after President Obama last year visited the Tehachapi Mountains hamlet of Keene to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument. In 2011, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar added the headquarters of the United Farm Workers and Chavez's residence from 1971 to his death in 1993 to the National Register of Historic Places.
March 31, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - When prominent Latino activists meet with President Obama, there's one White House staff member present whom many of them have known since she was a child. Julie Chavez Rodriguez grew up handing out leaflets and knocking on doors with her grandfather, Cesar Chavez, whose campaign to organize farmworkers still inspires today's Latino leaders. As deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement, Rodriguez runs Obama's organizing efforts in support of immigration reform and supervises Latino outreach.
April 29, 1993
I awoke this morning (April 23) with a heavy heart. A true hero of my lifetime had passed on. Cesar Chavez taught me and two generations of Californians about dignity, principles and equality. It is something that I have tried to impart to students during 15 years in education. RUSS DONNELLY Canoga Park
March 27, 2014 | Diana Marcum
The audience members stepped off buses waving red UFW flags. Some came straight from the fields. Those from Salinas and Madera and farther away had given up a day's wages to attend. The first feature film about Cesar Chavez had been screened in Los Angeles and at the White House. On Tuesday evening, "Cesar Chavez" played outdoors and in Spanish for the farmworkers Chavez represented. "From the beginning, we said we have to go back and give it to the people," director Diego Luna said.
October 2, 2012 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
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 | By Matt Garcia
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.
April 1, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
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.
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.
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.
March 22, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
At least 25 streets and 46 schools are named in his honor, but many young people know little about Cesar Chavez, who in life was a polarizing figure, most famous for the successful series of marches, fasts and strikes he led on behalf of mostly immigrant farmworkers. The next big act of Chavez's afterlife begins this month, with the first dramatic film about the towering Chicano figure and a major biography due out days before California and other states celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31. Both projects seek to reclaim Chavez's place in the American memory.
March 2, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. wasn't showboating in the final rounds of his Saturday night victory over Bryan Vera as much as he was dealing with pain. Promoter Bob Arum said Sunday that Chavez Jr. will be evaluated by a hand-and-foot specialist Monday after his convincing unanimous-decision victory over Vera in their super-middleweight fight in San Antonio. “We'll get a [treatment] schedule and go from there,” Arum said. Following the 117-110, 117-110, 114-113 victory on Saturday, Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 knockouts)
October 24, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The mission of America's 400 national parks is to reflect the country's history - no matter how uncomfortable or unflattering - which is why some contain depictions of slavery, the fight for women's suffrage, Japanese internment and the struggle for civil rights. Now that archive could include the contributions of Latinos through the telling of the often tempestuous story of Cesar Chavez. The National Park Service on Thursday announced plans to establish the Cesar Chavez National Historic Park, to recognize the achievements of the activist and the farm labor movement he led. Chavez, who advocated for fair wages and humane conditions for field workers in California and elsewhere, also will be honored as an environmentalist and nonviolent human rights advocate.
September 29, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
The boxing scene Saturday in Los Angeles showcased one great middleweight and three others trying to be. The great one, Andre Ward, worked from the TV booth at ringside, as one of the three trying to be him, popular Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., took on a hand-picked opponent, Brian Vera of Austin, Texas. That would come later. Earlier, a few miles away from the scheduled boxing action at the StubHub Center in Carson, two other middleweight bouts were announced. What Chavez Jr. achieved later might have a direct bearing on both fights.
September 28, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Another night of boxing, more controversy. The sport currently comes with an odor. Even more than usual. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., more famous by birth than achievement, won a 10-round unanimous decision Saturday night at StubHub Center. He beat Bryan Vera of Austin, Texas, who had been put in the ring as a steppingstone opponent for bigger, more lucrative paydays in boxing's suddenly attractive middleweight divison. The decision was booed heartily by the crowd. It came in the immediate aftermath of the controversial draw scoring by Nevada judge C.J. Ross in the obvious, one-sided Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul "Canelo" Alvarez match.
September 27, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The wait - and weight - is over for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In September 2012, Chavez lost a one-sided but dramatic fight to Argentina's Sergio Martinez, after which he was suspended for marijuana use. Saturday night, he climbs back into the ring after a year's absence to fight Brian Vera at StubHub Center in Carson. The non-title bout was originally contracted to be a super-middleweight fight with a weight limit of 168 pounds. But Chavez (46-1-1, 32 knockouts) reported this week that he was at 173, and the fight's promoters renegotiated for the new limit of 173 Friday after Chavez had said, "This is not a championship fight.
September 25, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s struggles with weight have led to his Saturday fight against Brian Vera in Carson to possibly have a catchweight figure assigned. Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that the Chavez-Vera non-title bout at StubHub Center could have a weight limit up to 173 pounds, an increase from the super-middleweight limit of 168 pounds. “It's still being discussed based on where Julio is. Everyone wants to get it resolved,” Arum said before the bout's final news conference Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.
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