Los Angeles: On Saturday, April 10, 2010, Los Angeles Police Department in conjunction with community supporters is hosting the first of what is expected to be an annual event. This event will not only celebrate the life and triumphs of civil rights leader César E. Chávez, but also recognize the struggles and sacrifices made in order to bring forth social change, equality, and justice.
César E. Chávez 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 (UFW). Supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. César E. Chávez’s birthday, March 31st, is celebrated in California as a state holiday, intended to promote service to the community in honor of Chávez’s life and work. Recently President Obama met with César Chávez’s family and the farmers’ union on Tuesday to declare March 31, 2010 César Chávez Day.
César E. Chávez legacy has remained alive, even after he died on April 23, 1993. Everyone remembers him as a hard working civil rights leader who fought for the fair treatment of farm workers changing the lives of millions of people for the better.
We share this renewed partnership as a tribute to César E. Chávez’s commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity. Just as César E. Chávez believed that “ordinary people can do extraordinary things”, law enforcement agencies and residents can inspire others to do the right thing in every city, town and neighborhood.