Today, Dolores Huerta joined the National Fast4Families on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. At the Fasters’ Google Hangout, Dolores explained where the United Farm Workers’ rallying cry “Si, se puede!” came from:
“In California in the farm worker movement every night ended with Mass and prayer. But in Arizona, the “professional Hispanics” said “Oh, no Dolores! You can do Mass in California, but no se puedeaqui in Arizona.” And I responded, “Si, se puede!” Not only can we, but we must.” —Dolores Huerta, Fast4Families, December 3, 2013
On October 8, on a gorgeous early autumn day in the oak-dappled foothills of California’s Tehachapi Mountains, President Obama formally designated the César E. Chávez National Monument. The designation is the fourth of Obama’s presidency, but the first-ever national monument dedicated to a Latino.
Below, the president with Helen Chávez at her late husband’s gravesite at Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz, in the town of Keene, California, site of the new national monument.
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
“César Chávez was a true labor and environmental champion whose work helped result in the passage of landmark laws that protect our air, water, land, and—most important—people,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. “His work helped link people’s health and the environment, and his fight for environmental justice is one that the Sierra Club remains committed to today.” …
If you are between the ages of 55 and 100, I encourage you to watch this video and consider how you can stand with the Occupy Movement. Rev. Jim Lawson, Rev. Phillip Lawson, Rev. Nelson Johnson, Dolores Huerta, Joyce Johnson, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Dr. Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, Dr. Vincent Harding, send messages of celebration and affirmation as Occupy continues to expand the work of the Beloved Community in our time. If you are between the ages of 12 and 54, I encourage you to watch this video and consider how you can show respect and gratitude to our elders in the movement.
The United Farm Workers, one of the great American democracy movements, lost a brother, leader, friend this week. Richard Chavez, brother of Cesar Chavez, died at age 81 in Bakersfield, California.
If you know nothing else about him, remember that he designed the black Aztec eagle on a red field that became a symbol of Chicano and farm worker justice around the world.
In June 2011, Richard Chavez stood on the steps of the California state capitol to encourage those who were fasting for farm workers rights [Watch the video.]
He said: “It’s been almost 50 years ago that I came and marched on these steps for the very same thing that we are here for today. It was an Easter Sunday and Dolores and I marched. We marched to talk to then-Governor Brown–another Governor Brown, the father of this governor. Fasting is nothing new to our movement. We have been fasting for years and years. Continue reading “Si Lo Hizo!: Remembering Richard Chavez”