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Happy Cesar Chavez Day!

Cesar ChavezI regret not posting this earlier. Today is Cesar Chavez Day, honoring the birthday of the great Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers. Here’s Obama’s statement, in which he designated today Cesar Chavez Day while meeting with the leader’s relatives:

“Today, on what would have been his 82nd birthday, Cesar Chavez’s legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and as a civil rights leader who struggled for fair treatment and fair wages for America’s workers is important for every American to remember.

Having begun as a farmworker, Cesar Chavez eventually co-founded the United Farm Workers and struggled to provide hundreds of thousands of people with better working conditions and the chance to live a better life. The cause of fair treatment and fair wages for America’s workers lives on today through the work of countless others.

Chavez’s rallying cry, “Sí Se Puede” – “Yes We Can,” was more than a slogan, it was an expression of hope and a rejection of those who said farmworkers could not organize, and could not take on the growers. Through his courage, Cesar Chavez taught us that a single voice could change our country, and that together, we could make America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation.”

The UFW has a great history of the life of Cesar Chavez for your pleasure. You can also sign the petition for an official Cesar Chavez holiday.

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Michael Whitney

Michael Whitney

My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.