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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:15 PM

Obama dedicates Cesar Chavez National Monument

Source: Los Angeles Times

President Obama’s stop in this remote and sparsely populated San Joaquin Valley town was about as far off the campaign trail as a candidate could be so close to an election. But his message as he dedicated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument was not without political significance, as he honored the legacy of a civil rights and labor leader whose “si se puede” credo was an inspiration for his own historic campaign four years ago.

Speaking on the 187-acre property that served as both home and operational headquarters for Chavez and his United Farm Workers movement, Obama said Chavez’s tenacity on behalf of a new generation of workers was part of “the story of who we are as Americans,” meriting such a tribute alongside other national monuments like the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon.

“It's a story of natural wonders and modern marvels, of fierce battles and quiet progress. But it's also a story of people, of determined, fearless, hopeful people who have always been willing to devote their lives to making this country a little more just and a little more free,” Obama said.

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“Even with the strides we've made, too many workers are still being denied basic rights and simple respect. But thanks to the strength and character of the American people, we are making progress,” Obama said. “And even though we have a difficult road ahead, I know we can keep moving forward together.”


Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-cesar-chavez-monument-20121008,0,5454561.story



Thank you, President Obama. Thank you, César Chávez.

This is a good day for all of us. Let's remember, and let's be inspired.

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Reply Obama dedicates Cesar Chavez National Monument (Original post)
HuckleB Oct 2012 OP
Cha Oct 2012 #1
KamaAina Oct 2012 #2
Cha Oct 2012 #3
KamaAina Oct 2012 #4
HuckleB Oct 2012 #8
nmbluesky Oct 2012 #9
HuckleB Oct 2012 #7
Cha Oct 2012 #15
skeewee08 Oct 2012 #5
Cha Oct 2012 #6
masfuego74 Oct 2012 #18
DURHAM D Oct 2012 #19
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #20
jody Oct 2012 #10
tama Oct 2012 #17
99th_Monkey Oct 2012 #11
graham4anything Oct 2012 #12
HuckleB Oct 2012 #13
wordpix Oct 2012 #14
HuckleB Oct 2012 #16

Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:32 PM

1. Thank you, President Obama, for being there at Cesar Chavez'

Dedication!

Pics from today..


….. with Cesar Chavez’ widow Helen F. Chavez, left, and Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers, as they tour the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument Memorial Garden (AP/Carolyn Kaster)







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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:38 PM

2. Cesar Chavez Day, March 30, is a state holiday in California

Many citites throughout the state have a Cesar Chavez Street (San Francisco scored a twofer by changing it from Army Street!), Plaza de Cesar Chavez, etc.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:41 PM

3. State Holiday in California! I did not know that!

We have state holidays here in Hawai'i like King Kamehameha Day as you probably know.

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Response to Cha (Reply #3)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:45 PM

4. Indeed. And Prince Kuhio Day, Statehood Day, and so on.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:15 PM

8. Even Portland, Oregon has a Cesar Chavez Street.

It's awesome. It used to be 39th, and we live on 37th. It has given us many opportunities to teach our boy about Cesar Chavez and other great historical figures.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:26 PM

9. Albuquerque street named

Honor street by near university of New Mexico stadium and the pit (basketball)

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Response to Cha (Reply #1)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:14 PM

7. Awesome PHOTOS!

Thanks!

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #7)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:11 PM

15. You're Welcome, HuckleB..

and I want to Thank Cesar Chavez, too!

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:48 PM

5. This is AWESOME!!!!

The two little boys & the little girl are cutie pies...

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Response to skeewee08 (Reply #5)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:53 PM

6. Obamanos!

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Response to skeewee08 (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:29 PM

18. Thank you!!

That's my baby girl!! I was so surprised to see her photo everywhere. It was such an amazing day!!!

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Response to masfuego74 (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:33 PM

19. Beautiful. Welcome to DU

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Response to masfuego74 (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:47 PM

20. Awesome!

Love her shirt!

Welcome to DU.

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:27 PM

10. César Chávez was a great leader of farm workers but an aggressive opponent of illegals. How

 

will Obama deal with that fact?

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Response to jody (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:33 AM

17. Hopefully

 

by working with AFL-CIO etc. to legalize and unionize illegal immigrants.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1497997

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:31 PM

11. Wow. TWO Chavez's in ONE day.

Hugo wins in Venezuela,
and Cesar is honored and
well-remembered in the
San Joaquin Valley CA.

niceness.

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:41 PM

12. Thank you, President Obama. Thank you, César Chávez.

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #12)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 09:24 PM

13. +1,000,000,000,000

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Response to HuckleB (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 09:30 PM

14. great news, thanks Pres. O!

Keep up the good work but end your support of nuke energy

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Response to wordpix (Reply #14)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 10:54 PM

16. +1,000,000,000,000

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