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Cesar Chavez Resolution S. Res. 86

Cesar Chavez Resolution S. Res. 86

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Published by Felicia Salazar
Cesar Chavez Resolution 2013
Cesar Chavez Resolution 2013

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Published by: Felicia Salazar on Mar 28, 2013
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HEY13137 S.L.C.
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Honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
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Mr. M
ENENDEZ
submitted the following resolution; which was referred to theCommittee on
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RESOLUTION
Honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Ce´sar EstradaCha´ vez. Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez was born on March 31, 1927,near Yuma, Arizona; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez spent his early years on afamily farm; Whereas, at the age of 10, Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez joined thethousands of migrant farm workers laboring in fields and vineyards throughout the Southwest after a bank fore-closure resulted in the loss of the family farm; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez, after attending more than30 elementary and middle schools and achieving aneighth grade education, left school to work full-time as afarm worker to help support his family;
 
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HEY13137 S.L.C.
 Whereas, at the age of 17, Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez entered theUnited States Navy and served the United States withdistinction for 2 years; Whereas, in 1948, Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez returned from mili-tary service to marry Helen Fabela, whom he had met while working in the vineyards of central California; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez and Helen Fabela had 8 chil-dren; Whereas, as early as 1949, Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez was com-mitted to organizing farm workers to campaign for safeand fair working conditions, reasonable wages, livablehousing, and the outlawing of child labor; Whereas, in 1952, Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez joined the Commu-nity Service Organization, a prominent Latino civil rightsgroup, and worked with the organization to coordinate voter registration drives and conduct campaigns againstdiscrimination in east Los Angeles; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez served as the national direc-tor of the Community Service Organization; Whereas, in 1962, Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez left the Community Service Organization to found the National Farm Work-ers Association, which eventually became the UnitedFarm Workers of America; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez was a strong believer in theprinciples of nonviolence practiced by Mahatma Gandhiand Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez effectively used peaceful tac-tics that included fasting for 25 days in 1968, 25 daysin 1972, and 38 days in 1988, to call attention to theterrible working and living conditions of farm workers inthe United States;
 
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 Whereas, under the leadership of Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez, theUnited Farm Workers of America organized thousands of migrant farm workers to fight for fair wages, health carecoverage, pension benefits, livable housing, and respect; Whereas, through his commitment to nonviolence, Ce´sarEstrada Cha´ vez brought dignity and respect to the orga-nized farm workers and became an inspiration to and aresource for individuals engaged in human rights strug-gles throughout the world; Whereas the influence of Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez extends far beyond agriculture and provides inspiration for those working to better human rights, empower workers, andadvance the American Dream, which includes all inhab-itants of the United States; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez died on April 23, 1993, atthe age of 66 in San Luis, Arizona, only miles from his birthplace; Whereas more than 50,000 people attended the funeral serv-ices of Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez in Delano, California; Whereas Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez was laid to rest at the head-quarters of the United Farm Workers of America, knownas Nuestra Sen˜ora de La Paz, located in the TehachapiMountains in Keene, California; Whereas, since the death of Ce´sar Estrada Cha´ vez, schools,parks, streets, libraries, and other public facilities, as wellas awards and scholarships, have been named in hishonor; Whereas 10 States and dozens of communities across theUnited States honor the life and legacy of Ce´sar EstradaCha´ vez on March 31st of each year;

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