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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.
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April 24, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Cesar's Last Fast" covers much the same ground as the dramatized "Cesar Chavez" released last month. Both center on the labor leader who in the 1960s helped to form the United Farm Workers union, organize the California grape workers' strike and foment a nationwide boycott of table grapes. Although "Cesar's Last Fast" extends the coverage by two decades, the same criticisms lodged against "Cesar Chavez" are applicable here: Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man. Perez has made a commendable effort rounding up archival footage, photographs and interviewees.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
You could say that John Green fans are excited about hearing the author of "The Fault in Our Stars" talk. Two hours before his Saturday panel was set to begin at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, more than 20 fans had already lined up in front of the door to Bovard Auditorium for the sold-out session set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Event volunteers said fans were waiting even before attendees for an earlier panel about Cesar Chavez at the same...
NEWS
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.”)
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The family of Cesar Chavez will attend an annual Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday to celebrate the life and work of the late labor leader. The Mass, now in its 14th year, will be celebrated beginning at 12:30 p.m. and led by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Chavez's son, Paul Chavez, and Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers union founded by Chavez, are scheduled to speak at the close of the celebration. “Cesar Chavez was a man of prayer and a man of peace,” Gomez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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March 30, 2000 | TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The family of Cesar Chavez will attend an annual Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday to celebrate the life and work of the late labor leader. The Mass, now in its 14th year, will be celebrated beginning at 12:30 p.m. and led by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Chavez's son, Paul Chavez, and Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers union founded by Chavez, are scheduled to speak at the close of the celebration. “Cesar Chavez was a man of prayer and a man of peace,” Gomez said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Stephen Colbert embraced his inner conservative attack dog when he interviewed actor John Malkovich on his show Tuesday night. Malkovich stars in the new biopic "Cesar Chavez" as the owner of a large industrial grape farm who doesn't take kindly to Chavez's attempts to unionize farm workers. Naturally, in Colbert's eyes, Malkovich is playing the hero. "It's difficult for me to think of someone who can call Richard Nixon on the phone as a hero," Malkovich replied. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "It wasn't enough for [Chavez and the workers]
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Cesar Chavez, the man who became the face of disenfranchised California farmworkers, was many things: courageous, controversial, quietly charismatic, politically astute, singular in his focus. "Cesar Chavez" the movie, starring Michael Peña as the Mexican American activist and America Ferrera as his wife, Helen, could use more of those qualities. Chavez was loved, hated and feared, at times by friend and foe alike, for his impassioned fight to unionize immigrant pickers and pruners beginning in the late 1960s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Diana Marcum
FRESNO -- More than 1,000 farm workers are expected in Delano on Tuesday night to watch the first feature film about Cesar Chavez. The film, directed by Diego Luna and starring Michael Pena as Chavez, is set in the 10 years surrounding the grape boycotts that began in the Kern County farm town in the 1960s. The film will screen outdoors at the Forty Acres , a parcel of land on Delano's outskirts that is now a National Historic Monument. It was here that Chavez's 1968 fast drew national attention to harsh working conditions in the fields.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
SPORTS
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)
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