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  • A Book for the People of Ferguson -- And Oppressed People Everywhere (Book review & article)

    09/15/2014 2:59:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | September 14, 2014 | Peter Dreier
    Fred Ross's change-making Axioms for Organizers is updated for the Internet age, and for a new generation battling discrimination and police brutality.Most residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have probably never heard of Fred Ross, Sr., but they could use his help now. Ferguson's population is two-thirds African American, but the mayor, almost all members of the city council and school board, and 95 percent of the police department is white, and in last year's municipal election only 7 percent of blacks came to the polls. Ross—perhaps the most influential (but little-known) community organizer in American history—had a successful career mobilizing people...
  • Who was César Chávez? Most Mexicans don’t know

    05/01/2014 9:13:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Assóciated Préss ^ | May 1, 2014 9:44 PM EDT | Katherine Corcoran
    The title in Spanish of the new biopic movie about César Chávez sums up just how little known the Mexican-American labor leader is in Mexico. The movie that opened Thursday, Labor Day in Latin America, is called “The Mexican who defied the United States,” with a subtitle that translates as “Who the hell is César Chávez?”That Chávez is barely known in Mexico shocks most Americans. That he was a U.S. civil rights hero with streets, schools, parks and a day in his honor surprises many Mexicans. Most of the moviegoers interviewed before an afternoon showing of film in Mexico City...
  • State Board of Ed. Encourages Schools to Include Cesar Chavez into Social Studies Curriculum-MI

    02/25/2014 4:12:57 PM PST · by madison10 · 10 replies
    Michigan Government Website-Dept. of Education ^ | Feb. 13, 2014 | Michigan Dept. of Education
    State Board of Education Encourages Schools to Include Cesar Chavez into Social Studies Curriculum Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395 Agency: Education February 13, 2014 LANSING – The State Board of Education this week unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the late Cesar E. Chavez as an American hero, a civil rights leader, Latino, farm worker, and a labor leader; a religious and spiritual figure; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; and an environmentalist and consumer advocate. State Board member Lupe Ramos-Montigny initiated the resolution to honor the life, legacy...
  • Yakima council renames street for Medal of Honor recipient [then lawsuit threatened]

    09/04/2013 12:21:59 PM PDT · by kevcol · 18 replies
    Yakima Herald ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Dan Catchpole
    Pendleton died in 1944 in Bardenburg, Germany, sacrificing himself to help knock out enemy machine guns that had pinned down his unit. The council first considered the petition — which was backed by two veterans groups — in August, but it hesitated when a resident objected, saying the city hadn’t fairly considered his group’s 2006 proposal to rename the street after civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez. Having determined that the city duly considered the earlier petition, the City Council passed the current proposal. But the resident who objected, Alonzo Marquez, accused the council of “race discrimination,” and threatened...
  • More Obamite Hypocrisy

    07/07/2013 8:23:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/7/13 | Bruce Karlson
    In 2009, Manuel Zelaya, a leftist thug, thief and “business partner” of Cesar Chavez was president of Honduras. He had long been mismanaging the nation via payoffs to supportive unions (sound familiar?), and was planning an illegal election to cement his power. There being no Constitutional method to remove him, both the Congress and the Judiciary asked the Military to assist in said removal. This they did and Vice President Roberto Micheletti took power as required by their Constitution. At no time did the military have power…not one second. The craven Obamites and all allies, SEIU, etc. demanded that the...
  • The Most Tragic April Fools Joke Ever

    04/02/2013 7:58:40 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 65 replies
    Original Content | April 2, 2013 | By Laz A. Mataz
    On March 31st, Easter Sunday, Google posted as their logo-based 'Doodle' a picture honoring far-left union activist Cesar Chavez. This was done instead of honoring the most important Christian holiday in America. Predictably, this led to a large and vocal backlash of Christians and conservatives who were angered that Google paraded out a leftwing icon, rather than acknowledge their Holy Day. The next day, on April Fools Day, I posted this thread, "Google Apologizes to Christians For Easter Cesar Chavez 'Doodle'". Sadly, it was an April Fools Joke.... and while I was delighted at the number of people I fooled,...
  • Obama Delivers 117 Word Statement for Easter – 664 Word Statement for Cesar Chavez Day

    04/01/2013 7:33:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Gateway ^ | March 31, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Easter was on March 31st this year. So was Cesar Chavez Day. ... Everyone has their priorities.
  • Mika To Google On Chavez-Over-Easter Choice: Admit You 'Screwed Up'

    04/01/2013 5:08:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    That Mika Brzezinski is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal is well-known. Less publicized: the Morning Joe host is also a person of faith with traditional views on a number of subjects. So it actually shouldn't come as a great surprise that Brzezinski sided with those criticizing Google for its choice of devoting its homepage doodle yesterday to celebrating the birthday of Cesar Chavez, rather than honoring Easter. Said Mika on today's Morning Joe: "how about a statement one day that just says: 'we screwed up'?" View the video here.
  • Google takes Easter heat over Cesar Chavez doodle

    03/31/2013 3:18:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 31, 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Rather than Easter, Google's doodle today commemorates farm labor leader Cesar Chavez's birthday. That's brought much criticism, although Chavez himself was a devout Christian. Google is taking heat for its Easter Sunday doodle – that cartoon modification of its logo that changes from day to day. Today, the middle letter is a round portrait of the late migrant farm labor union leader Cesar Chavez. Like many such doodles, it comes on the birthday of the subject. Mr. Chavez was born March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona. But appearing on Easter – one of the holiest days for hundreds of millions...
  • On Easter Sunday, Google Posts Daily Proxy Celebrating Cesar Chavez's 86th Birthday

    03/31/2013 4:52:40 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 5 replies
    Google ^ | 31 Mar 13 | Google Staff
  • Obama to designate Chavez home as nat'l monument

    10/06/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 6, 2012 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Associated Press
    KEENE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Ybarra's trailer is one of two left on the property that for over two decades was home to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez and farmworkers like Ybarra who made up his movement. Today, the foothills of the Tehachapi mountains continue to house the United Farm Workers of America headquarters and memorials to Chavez, though farmworkers no longer live there. On Monday, during a campaign swing through California, President Barack Obama will designate 105 acres of the property as a national monument within the National Park system — a move that could help shore up support...
  • Navy christens cargo ship named for Cesar Chavez

    05/06/2012 3:20:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    The military has christened its newest cargo-ammunition ship for civil rights leader and labor activist Cesar Chavez, who served in the Navy during World War II.
  • Congress scolds Navy for controversial ship naming

    12/07/2011 3:53:07 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 37 replies
    KPCC ^ | Dec. 7, 2011 | Staff
    Last week, Congress passed a massive $662 billion defense bill that may or may not be vetoed by the president because of a couple controversial provisions about the military's role in dealing with terror suspects. But also snuggled inside that huge bill was a very small provision from Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt. The amendment would require the Secretary of the Navy to "perform a study and seek recommendations to evaluate how Naval vessels are named." Blunt's provision is in response to the decision by the Secretary of the Navy last May to name one of its ships after famed labor...
  • Judge blocks naming San Antonio street for Cesar Chavez

    05/23/2011 5:40:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 23, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO — A judge on Monday blocked the city of San Antonio from renaming a street after the late labor activist Cesar Chavez. The temporary restraining order from State District Judge Antonia Arteaga came just days after the City Council voted along ethnic lines to approve the name change. The proposal to rename Durango Street, one of the city's main streets, has divided a city where 61 percent of residents are Hispanic. "It is very important that we protect the integrity of our history, and that includes objecting to changing street names," said Bill Oliver, who represents the San...
  • (San Antonio) Council OKs renaming Durango (To Cesar Chavez)

    05/20/2011 7:15:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 9 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 05/20/2011 | Josh Baugh
    In a vote that split down ethnic lines, the City Council on Thursday approved changing the name of Durango Boulevard in honor of civil rights activist and labor leader César Chávez. Though they all said Chávez should be honored in some meaningful way, none of the non-Latino council members — Ivy Taylor, Reed Williams, Elisa Chan and John Clamp — voted in favor of the proposal. The council's seven Hispanic members supported the initiative. Opposition vacillated from the pragmatic to the philosophical and included arguments that changing the street name would be too great a burden on residents and businesses,...
  • Sen Boxer cheers naming of the uss cesar chavez

    05/18/2011 9:18:44 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 68 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5-18-11 | Caroline May
    While the idea of naming a U.S. Naval ship after labor leader Cesar Chavez has roiled some, California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer is thrilled that the activist will be receiving the honor. Boxer called Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Tuesday to thank him for the decision. “I applaud Secretary Mabus for continuing the Navy’s rich tradition of naming these supply ships after pioneers, explorers and visionaries by honoring César Chávez, who worked tirelessly to promote fair working conditions and equal rights for all Americans,” Boxer said in a statement. “This is a fitting tribute to Chávez, who served in...
  • Navy A-Port

    05/18/2011 5:48:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 18, 2011 | Staff
    Military: What's the U.S. Navy doing naming a ship after a leftist activist? If it wants to honor American Hispanics, there are scores of military heroes more worthy than Cesar Chavez. Apparently, even the military isn't immune to being reimaged into the Obama world view. It was announced Tuesday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Democratic governor of Mississippi, had chosen to name a Navy cargo ship under construction in San Diego after the migrant labor leader. Chavez will join aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, astronauts Alan Shepard and Wally Schirra, and assassinated civil rights hero Medgar Evers, whose names...
  • Next U.S. Navy Ship: USNS Cesar Chavez

    05/18/2011 4:24:46 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies · 1+ views
    nbcsandiego.com ^ | May 18, 2011 | Lori Preuitt
    The next U.S. Navy cargo ship will be named after civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, the Secretary of the Navy officially announced Wednesday afternoon at a Barrio Logan ceremony. The news was met with pride by members of the Chavez family who were on hand at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard for the announcement, but it was not without controversy as it drew fire from a Southern California congressman. Navy secretary Ray Mabus stood alongside members of the Chavez family and the current president of the United Farm Workers of America to acknowledge the naming of the USNS Cesar Chavez,...
  • Navy names new ship for labor leader Cesar Chavez

    05/18/2011 3:58:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 29 replies
    AP via InsideBayArea ^ | 5/18/11 | Julie Watson Associated Press
    SAN DIEGO -- The Navy has named the last of 14 new cargo ships after the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez.
  • Congressman Prefers Fallen Marine as Name on Navy Cargo Vessel

    05/18/2011 11:26:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2011 | Stephan Clark
    The Navy's weighing a decision to name a cargo ship now under construction after labor activist Cesar Chavez has drawn sharp criticism from one veteran lawmaker who says that a military war hero should receive the honor instead. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he understands the Navy's desire to honor Hispanic leaders, but the Navy may want to skip the politically divisive names and opt for an outstanding service member. "If this decision were about recognizing the Hispanic community's contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind, including Marine Corps Sergeant Rafael...
  • Navy ship to be named after Cesar Chavez

    05/17/2011 5:52:51 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The last of the 14 Lewis and Clark-class cargo ships that General Dynamics NASSCO is building in San Diego will be named after Cesar Chavez, the late civil rights and labor leader. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will visit NASSCO on Tuesday afternoon to make the formal announcement. Some members of the Chavez family are expected to be in attendance, says NASSCO, which recently laid the keel of the ship. "We suggested the name Cesar Chavez for the ship because we're in Barrio Logan and want to be good neighbors, and we want to show respect for our workers,"...
  • San Diego area Rep. Duncan Hunter criticizes Navy's decision to name ship for Cesar Chavez

    05/17/2011 5:58:51 PM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 56 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | May 17, 2011 | LA TIMES
    U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) disagrees with the Navy's decision to name a cargo ship under construction in San Diego for California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. The decision, announced Tuesday, "appear[s] to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy's history and tradition," Hunter said in press release....
  • Navy considers naming ship after Cesar Chavez

    05/16/2011 6:28:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 110 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2011
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Navy is considering naming a cargo ship that's being built after farmworker activist Cesar Chavez. James Gill, a spokesman for General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, said Monday the company suggested the name to honor its mostly Hispanic work force and the mostly Hispanic neighborhood, Barrio Logan, where the boat builder is located.
  • Weekly Jobless Claims Rise 18,000: Easter Bunny And Civil Rights Activist Are To Blame

    04/08/2010 8:08:58 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies · 394+ views
    Vigilant Grandpa ^ | 4/8/2010 | Bear Hug
    Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 18,000 to a seasonally adjusted 460,000 (week ending 4/3/2010) the Labor Department said. The prior week was adjusted to reflect 442,000 initial claims versus the previously reported 439,000. A Labor Department official attributed the rise in claims to seasonal volatility, mainly from the Easter holiday (a.k.a Easter Bunny) and noted there were shutdowns in two states. A holiday on March 31 in California (Cesar Chavez Day) also had an effect on claims, he said. Wanted By The Department of Labor... Easter Bunny and Cesar Chavez.
  • Dallas City Council renames downtown street for César Chávez, votes to curb parking-boot companies

    02/11/2010 10:19:18 AM PST · by Badabing Badablonde · 13 replies · 536+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/10/10 | Rudolph Bush
    The Dallas City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to rename a short stretch of a downtown street for civil rights hero and farm labor champion César Chávez, capping two years of struggle often rooted in raw feelings over race, culture and a changing city. < snip > At City Hall and around Dallas, the process to rename a street for Chávez engendered hard feelings among proponents and opponents alike. But the mood in the City Council chambers was buoyant Wednesday, with Hispanic leaders joining with black, Asian and other minority groups in a standing ovation when the vote was taken. Several...
  • Your tax dollars at work: CA Public Elementary School touts left-wing political activism for kids

    05/08/2009 4:24:18 PM PDT · by counterpunch · 23 replies · 1,817+ views
    César Chávez Elementary School Mission Statement ^ | 11/14/00 | César Chávez Elementary School
    César Chávez Elementary School 825 Shotwell Street San Francisco, CA. 94110 Voice/TTY (415) 695-5765 Fax (415) 695-5843 Email: sch603@muse.sfusd.edu Silent Language of the Soul (©1990), mural by Juana Alicia & Susan Cervantes, welcomes diversity in our school. Full image (500 K) Si Se Puede (©1996) mural by Susan Cervantes, keeps César Chávez' s struggle for justice and dignity alive. Full image (340K) Our Mission Statement César Chávez School is a community of life-long learners, achievers and activists who support self determination. We incorporate and integrate academic skills, leadership development, and cultural awareness that is relative to the reality of our...
  • Cesar Chavez Day prompts march for student rights in Oakland

    03/31/2009 12:59:10 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 834+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | Updated 3/31/9 | Sean Maher
    Oakland — Honoring the memory of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, about 30 students and other activists marched down International Boulevard today demanding rights for immigrant students. "The families of undocumented students pay taxes and make an enormous contribution to our nation's economy and prosperity, yet their sons and daughters face the same kind of discrimination that young black students experienced in the old Jim Crow south," read a statement from By Any Means Necessary, the organization that held the march. The Federal DREAM Act, which would give those students access to financial aid, was reintroduced last week, as was...
  • Residents desert Mexico town for Seattle

    04/29/2008 5:56:55 PM PDT · by XR7 · 54 replies · 263+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/29/08 | Lornet Turnbull
    LORETITO, Mexico — It's the end of the day here. Down one lonely street two young boys kick a ball between them, as an elderly woman slowly makes her way nearby. On most days, this little town about 300 miles northwest of Mexico City feels like the set of a Hollywood movie — its narrow streets and alleyways silent, stark, deserted. From the sidewalk outside his small liquor shop, Edmundo Cruz takes in the vast emptiness, pointing out one house after another left vacant when families headed north — to Seattle. It is said more Loretito people now live in...
  • Barack Obama calls for Cesar Chavez holiday

    03/31/2008 6:53:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 135 replies · 2,704+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 31, 2008 | Mark Silva and Don Frederick
    Obama, who has struggled to overcome Clinton's significant advantage among Latino voters in state after state, sought to one-up his rival for the Democratic presidential nod by joining the call for creating a national holiday to commemorate the father of the United Farm Workers. "That's why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez's birthday a national holiday. It's time to recognize the contributions of this American icon to the ongoing efforts to perfect our union." Eight states commemorate Chavez' birthday in some fashion. In California, all state offices are closed, but local government facilities and public schools are open....
  • Move to honor Chavez hits a roadblock

    12/09/2007 1:13:53 PM PST · by ruination · 14 replies · 209+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 9, 2007 | Stuart Glascock
    PORTLAND, ORE. -- Fourth Avenue ambles for 30 blocks past high-rise office towers, regional banks, upscale retailers and such urban landmarks as the county courthouse and City Hall. Fourth also rolls through one of Portland's most prominent symbols of diversity: Chinatown. An ornamental red and gold gateway inscribed with dragons and Chinese characters greets visitors and evokes ties to the Pacific Rim. Red and gold street lamps, a gift from Taiwan, line the street near restaurants that specialize in dim sum. This is not the street that Latino activist Marta Guembes wanted to rename in honor of Cesar E. Chavez,...
  • Mexican-American icon earns permanent spot on campus[University of Texas]

    10/10/2007 1:10:44 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 442+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | October 9, 2007 | Elizabeth Pierson Hernandez
    AUSTIN – It took 124 years, but the largest university in Texas on Tuesday unveiled a monument to a Latino leader, Cesar Chavez. “Cesar would be humbled to be acknowledged in this way,” said Juan C. Gonzalez, vice president for Student Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Chavez’s granddaughter, Christine Chavez, and the nation’s head of higher education were among the speakers as more than 1,000 people sang, cried, cheered remembered the legacy of the Mexican-American labor organizer who grew up picking crops in California and went on to found the United Farm Workers union. The statue is...
  • Rep. Baca wags finger at Sanchez for closing office for Cesar Chavez Day

    04/07/2007 9:31:50 PM PDT · by Dacb · 5 replies · 805+ views
    The Hill ^ | 04 April 2007 | Betsy Rothstein
    There is no affection between Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and the Sanchez sisters — as the recent attempted coup against him made plain. And Baca burned his bridges yet further on Monday by declaring that lawmakers should not take off work in honor of Cesar Chavez’s birthday, which was last Saturday. Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) was the only member of the caucus to close her office Monday in honor of the Hispanic civil rights leader. Baca had these choice words for her decision. “Cesar Chavez worked his whole life toward achieving equality and fair labor rights. I...
  • Students Walk Out, Demand National Holiday For Cesar Chavez Day (Los Angeles)

    03/30/2007 9:33:36 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 116 replies · 746+ views
    KNBC ^ | March 30, 2007
    LOS ANGELES -- High school students said they planned to walk out of school at schools across the Southland on Friday, to demand that Cesar Chavez Day be declared a national holiday. Shortly before 8 a.m., dozens of students could be seen leaving the campus of Roosevelt High School, at 456 South Mathews St., and continuing in an orderly procession. "Scattered walkouts" were reported at other schools in Los Angeles, NBC4's Justin Jaeger said at 8:30 a.m...
  • Government offices to be closed Friday for Cesar Chavez Day

    03/31/2006 1:40:59 PM PST · by RightField · 25 replies · 638+ views
    North County Times ^ | March 30, 2006 | North County Times Wire Services
    SAN DIEGO -- Courts and San Diego city and county government offices will be closed Friday for Cesar Chavez Day. Refuse and recyclables will be collected one day later in the city of San Diego, according to the city's Mona Favorite-Hill. Garbage collection will return to its normal schedule on Monday. Tickets won't be issued for expired parking meters or parking in areas scheduled for street sweeping, Favorite-Hill said. All other parking restrictions will be in effect and enforced. All city and county branch libraries will be closed, as will the city of San Diego's community service centers, police storefronts,...
  • UPDATE: California schools ready in case of more immigration protests

    03/31/2006 9:32:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 378+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/31/06 | Jacob Adelman - ap
    With Internet postings urging a revival of student protests over immigration reform, California school administrators were ready Friday to lock down campuses or use other measures to prevent mass walkouts. The school day began quietly in Los Angeles County, where the week began with the largest of protests that occurred in California and other states - some 36,000 students marching out of two-dozen school districts to influence Congressional debate on proposals affecting millions of illegal immigrants in the United States. No walkouts were reported by early morning. "Nothing. Maybe they're all pooped," said Monica Carazo, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles...
  • Cesar Chavez, Minuteman-leader no friend to illegal immigration until he became ethnic figurehead

    03/30/2006 9:37:08 AM PST · by hispanarepublicana · 20 replies · 1,548+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | 2/27/2006 | Steve Sailer
    Cesar Chavez, MinutemanThe UFW leader was no friend to illegal immigration— until he became an ethnic figurehead.By Steve SailerIn California, only three birthdays are official state holidays: Jesus Christ’s, Martin Luther King’s, and Cesar Chavez’s. Beatification as a secular saint, though, isn’t always good for the soul. A recent four-part exposé by reporter Miriam Pawel in the Los Angeles Times revealed how the labor leader turned revered ethnic icon descended into paranoia, megalomania, and general crack-pottery in the 15 years before his death in 1993. Today, his United Farm Workers functions less as a union—it represents only 2 percent of...
  • Farmworkers Reap Little as Union Strays From Its Roots

    01/08/2006 1:22:16 AM PST · by Simmy2.5 · 23 replies · 454+ views
    LA Times ^ | January 8, 2006 | By Miriam Pawel, Times Staff Writer
    # The movement built by Cesar Chavez has failed to expand on its early successes organizing poor rural laborers. As their plight is used to attract donations that benefit others, services for those in the fields are left to languish. Red letters flash inside the famous black eagle, symbol of the United Farm Workers: "Donate," the blinking message urges, to carry on the dreams of Cesar Chavez. Bannered on websites and spread by e-mail, the insistent appeals resonate with a generation that grew up boycotting grapes, swept up in Chavez's populist crusade to bring dignity and higher wages to farmworkers....
  • Farmworkers Reap Little as Union Strays From Its Roots

    01/08/2006 12:13:34 PM PST · by radar101 · 3 replies · 228+ views
    L A Times ^ | Jan. 8, 2006 | Miriam Pawel
    Red letters flash inside the famous black eagle, symbol of the United Farm Workers: "Donate," the blinking message urges, to carry on the dreams of Cesar Chavez. Bannered on websites and spread by e-mail, the insistent appeals resonate with a generation that grew up boycotting grapes, swept up in Chavez's populist crusade to bring dignity and higher wages to farmworkers. Thirty-five years after Chavez riveted the nation, the strikes and fasts are just history, the organizers who packed jails and prayed over produce in supermarket aisles are gone, their righteous pleas reduced to plaintive laments. What remains is the name,...
  • School Name Swap, Aboriginal Outrage (Commies In, Confederates Out)

    01/02/2006 2:42:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 26 replies · 1,277+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Jan 2, 2005 | Scott Norvell
    A former school official in San Antonio wants to change the name of an elementary school from one with Confederate connotations to one with socialist ones because the former is racist, reports the San Antonio Express-News.
  • [San Antonio, Texas] Harlandale board considers renaming 'Stonewall' school [César Chávez]

    12/14/2005 11:59:21 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 40 replies · 1,089+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 12/14/2005 | Michelle M. Martinez
    The debate comes down to this: Was Stonewall-Flanders Elementary School named for the legendary Confederate general Stonewall Jackson or for stone fences that adorned front yards in the neighborhood? Harlandale Independent School District trustees will consider the question as they decide whether to grant a former district administrator's request to rename the school after César Chávez, the late social activist. "We don't have any historical evidence that it was, indeed, named for Stonewall Jackson," district spokesman David Ochoa said Monday, when the Board of Trustees heard the proposal. Nick Calzoncit thinks otherwise, though he can provide no concrete evidence to...
  • New Chavez school opens in D.C.

    11/30/2005 10:51:52 AM PST · by JZelle · 5 replies · 389+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-30-05 | Arlo Wagner
    Founders of the Cesar Chavez charter schools yesterday formally opened their second high school in the District with the expectation of continuing the perfect record of every graduate being accepted into college. "Every child in America should have access to a facility like this," founder Irasema Salcido said to a gymnasium packed with parents and students at the new Chavez Parkside campus. Principal Susan Flora has been with the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy since the first one opened in 1998 with 60 students in the basement of a Safeway grocery store. "Thank you for making education...
  • CA: County labor chief dies - Miguel Contreras, 53, suffers apparent heart attack

    05/07/2005 10:25:37 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies · 434+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 06, 2005 | Rick Orlov
    Miguel Contreras, the Los Angeles labor chief who rose from the ranks of Cesar Chavez's farm labor movement to head one of the most powerful unions in the nation, died Friday of an apparent heart attack, officials said. He was 53. Contreras, as executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, took control of the umbrella organization of unions and built it into a potent political force that today includes more than 300 affiliates and 800,000 members and wields enormous influence across Southern California. Details were sketchy about what occurred Friday, but officials said Contreras appeared to...
  • Community works to keep Cesar Chavez's legacy alive (When is V.I. Lenin Day?)

    03/31/2005 10:56:51 AM PST · by StoneColdGOP · 18 replies · 717+ views
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | Wednesday, March 30, 2005 | By Brenda Gazzar, Staff Writer
    If Cesar Chavez were still alive, he would have wanted this day named in his honor to be more than a celebration, according to his friend, Father Patricio Guillen of Ontario. "Everyone can celebrate, but we need to do more than celebrate," said Guillen, executive director of the San Bernardino-based immigrant service organization Libreria del Pueblo. "We need to continue to struggle, promote and defend the rights of farmworkers today, especially since many of them today are undocumented and they have greater problems as far as being able to organize." While Chavez is being commemorated today - his birthday -...
  • WMU Republicans book immigration critic on Cesar Chavez Day

    03/30/2005 10:54:27 AM PST · by wmichgrad · 9 replies · 675+ views
    MLive.com ^ | March 30, 2005 | C. Ricks
    It was no accident the College Republicans at Western Michigan University picked Thursday to host conservative commentator and three-time presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. They intentionally picked the day that commemorates Mexican-American civil-rights leader Cesar E. Chavez to make a statement about illegal immigration from Mexico. "Viva Buchanan! Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day with Pat Buchanan," reads one poster advertising Buchanan's 7 p.m. speech. "College Republicans declare March 31st America First Day," reads another. A third poster features a quote attributed to Buchanan: "American soldiers defend the borders of Korea, Kuwait and Kosovo. But nothing is at risk on those borders, half...
  • Happy Cesar Chavez Day

    03/26/2005 8:19:14 AM PST · by Scenic Sounds · 9 replies · 374+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | March 26, 2005 | Burt Prelutsky
    From everything I've heard and read, Cesar Chavez was a wonderful man. I'm not just saying that, either. I just want to make it clear that I have nothing against him, personally. But, another state holiday, for crying out loud! I don't even want to get into the cost in tax dollars for these paid-vacations. But, surely enough is enough, already. We are told that Senor Chavez is the first Latino so honored here in California. He may be the first, but I can assure you, with the fast-growing number of Hispanics in the state, he won't be the last....
  • Hispanics for Jorge (George W. Bush)

    11/08/2004 6:10:01 AM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2004 | MICHAEL GONZALEZ
    ...But for the Republicans this is unadulterated good news. It vindicates "Jorge" Bush's hunch that aggressively pursuing the Hispanic vote would pay off. His familiarity with Mexican-Americans in Texas formed in him an instinct.... The Hispanic entry into Republican ranks comes, for many, at an earlier phase in their American journey than for other immigrant groups. Just think of the Irish, Italians and Jews, who generations after arrival on these shores can still reflexively pull the Democratic lever. Their vestigial loyalty is the result of what has been the Democratic Party's strategy for over a century. The bargain back in...
  • Berkeley Children Pay Tribute to Cesar Chavez (And caption photo)

    04/01/2004 8:02:35 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 19 replies · 887+ views
    Berkeley Children Pay Tribute to Cesar Chavez “Viva la raza, Cesar Chavez!” yelled 40 youth as they paraded around a North Berkeley neighborhood, holding red flags and wearing cloth bands in remembrance of the Mexican-American labor leader. In the Live Oak Recreation Center after-school program, started in the 1960s, elementary school children celebrated Cesar Chavez Day for the first time. “We’re remembering Cesar Chavez and all the hard work he did to help farmers and the crops,” said 9-year-old Kelechi Okereke. When he died in 1993, Chavez left behind a legacy as the civil rights leader who organized the...
  • César Chávez: Let Us Speak His Name

    03/31/2004 5:44:06 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 21 replies · 392+ views
    César Chávez: Let Us Speak His Name By Santiago Casal Special to the Planet (03-30-04) There is an old saying that “to speak the name of our ancestors is to keep them alive.” Today I speak the name of labor leader and environmentalist, César Estrada Chávez. He was a man who died prematurely at 66, a life worn out by dedicated service, personal sacrifice, constant threats to his and his family’s life; and the formidable efforts of agribusiness, Teamsters, and government agents to derail everything he tried to accomplish. Those of us who lived during the tenure of his...
  • Statement from Kerry on Cesar Chavez Day

    03/29/2004 10:43:36 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Statement from Kerry on Cesar Chavez Day 3/29/2004 12:20:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Laura Capps of John Kerry for President, 202-712-3000; Web: http://www.johnkerry.com SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Today, John Kerry visited the 4th Annual Cesar Chavez Youth Forum in Sacramento to talk with a group of children working on a service project commemorating Cesar Chavez Day. Kerry met with children and read an excerpt from Kathleen Krull's "Harvesting Hope," a children's book that details the story of Cesar Chavez's 340-mile march to protest the working conditions of migrant farm workers in California. The holiday...
  • Advocates push for Cesar Chavez school

    02/13/2004 8:32:36 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 5 replies · 168+ views
    Advocates push for Cesar Chavez school EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A coalition of Hispanic advocates is gaining support in its effort to name a new elementary school in honor of Cesar Chavez, the labor union organizer who led successful boycotts in support of migrant farm workers in the 1970s. The name is one of five under consideration for the building under construction next to Ida Patterson Elementary School on the city's south side. The Eugene School Board will hear from the public next Wednesday before naming the school in March. Jim Garcia, diversity coordinator at Lane Community College, said...