Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cesar Chavez Day.....

I'm so happy to announce that today is my Friday! Yes, thanks to the amazing life and activism of Cesar Chavez, tomorrow, Friday March 27th, is recognized as a holiday at UC Berkeley and the campus is closed. While I am obviously thankful to have a 3-day weekend, this holiday has also prompted me to learn more about Chavez' life and accomplishments.

For those of you who don't know, according to Wikipedia, "Chavez was a Mexican American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. His birthday has become a holiday in eight U.S. states. Many parks, cultural centers, libraries, schools, and streets have been named in his honor in cities across the United States.

Later in life, education became C├ęsar's focus. The walls of his office in Keene, California (United Farm Worker headquarters) were lined with hundreds of books ranging in subject from philosophy, economics, cooperatives, and unions, to biographies of Gandhi and the Kennedys."

There will even be a Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Parade and Street Fair in San Francisco next Saturday, April 4th.

Just wanted to share....have a great weekend everyone!

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