Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:15 PM
HuckleB (35,746 posts)
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.
“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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Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:32 PM
Cha (184,211 posts)
1. Thank you, President Obama, for being there at Cesar Chavez'
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)
Response to Cha (Reply #1)
Mon Oct 8, 2012, 07:38 PM
KamaAina (77,154 posts)
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.
Response to KamaAina (Reply #2)
Mon Oct 8, 2012, 08:15 PM
HuckleB (35,746 posts)
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.