Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Guest Blogger: Andrea Delgado “Happy Birthday, Cesar E. Chavez”

The agriculture industry relies heavily on the use of pesticides, which are highly toxic chemicals that farmworkers and surrounding communities are frequently exposed to through simply doing their jobs or living near agricultural sites. Pesticides enter the body through inhalation and penetration of the skin. The latest statistics indicate that in 2007, 1.1 billion pounds […]

Guest Blogger: Julie Chavez Rodriguez “Honoring the Memory of My Grandfather, César E. Chávez”

On [Monday, October 8th], the President traveled to Keene, California to honor the memory of César Estrada Chávez, by designating the property at Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz as a National Monument. Although César Chavez was one of my heroes, he was also my grandfather which made [Monday’s] dedication so moving and powerful. La […]

President Obama to Announce the Establishment of the César Chávez National Monument

President Obama will travel to Keene, California on October 8th to announce the establishment of the César Chávez National Monument on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz. The location chosen is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights leader César Chávez and the farm worker movement, and it is […]

Department of Labor Releases Report on Hispanics

A recent report commissioned by the Department of Labor found that Hispanics need more help finding jobs than other groups, even as the economy continues to recover. “We know more needs to be done to get Hispanics back to work,” Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis told reporters during a conference call yesterday. “There are 50.5 […]

Report Details Abuse Suffered by Immigrant Women Laborers

Undocumented female immigrants, especially in the food production sector, are some of the most vulnerable and exploited group in the US labor market.  These are the findings of a new report from the  Southern Poverty Law Center released at a press conference in Washington yesterday. “Injustice On Our Plates” was based on interviews with 150 […]

Documentary Chronicles Life of Civil Rights Legend

Nearly two decades after his death, work is underway to ensure that current and feature generations know the story of an iconic figure in the civil rights movement, Mexican American labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Cesar’s Last Fast is a documentary in production that draws its name from the 1988 “Fast for Life” where for 36 […]

Hispanicization of America

The presence of Hispanics in the U.S. is partly defined by an intertwined history of America and Mexico and their shared border and the undocumented workers that come by the thousands chasing the American dream every year. This puts Hispanics from the past and the present in a unique position compared to other groups such […]

President Obama Signs Proclamation for Cesar Chavez Day

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation in the Oval Office designating March 31st, as Cesar Chavez Day. Obama was surrounded by members of the Chavez family and leaders of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union on the day that would have been his 83rd birthday. Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the UFW along […]