Chemeketa Courier

Come celebrate Cesar Chavez


by Andrew Gwin
The 3rd annual event honoring civil rights leader Cesar Chavez will be held on the Chemeketa campus April 12.
Multicultural Student Services and the Juntos Club will host the event, with free food from Los Dos Amigos.
The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m., in the Multicultural Center in Bldg. 2-177a.
Ruben Sainz, who is in charge of the event, said, “My goal with this event is to keep alive the legacy of Cesar Chavez and to empower new generations to make a positive change in society.”
According to Sainz, the event will start with a video about Chavez, which also highlights his dedication toward better working conditions for farmers.
Two speakers, Ana Muñoz and Lupe Reyna, will talk about their personal experience as farm workers and how they have been affected by Chavez’s work.
Four student speakers, Pablo Brito, Jose Figueroa, Hugo Nicolas, and Gaby Santos, also will share their experiences about Chavez’s work.
Questions from the audience will follow these presentations.
In addition, a poetry reading by Jessica Sabrowski and musical entertainment from singers Mauricio Carmona and Victor Perez, as well as a dance, will be featured.
According to the Chavez Foundation website, Chavez was a civil rights, Latino, and farm labor leader who grew up as a migrant farm worker. His early work was as a civil rights worker for the Community Service Organization, where he coordinated voter outreach and registration and fought economic and racial discrimination.
At the age of 35, Chavez quit his job and founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers Association. This became one of the most influential unions of all time.
The United Farm Workers achieved unprecedented gains for farm workers, establishing it as the first successful farm workers union in American history.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ruben Sainz at rsainz1@my.chemeketa.edu.