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'Sí Se Puede! Yes We Can!'
by Rey Colon: 35th Ward Alderman, Chicago
:: Posted on Thursday, October 04, 2012.
Cesar E. Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona and died at age 66 on April 23, 1993 in San Luis, Arizona. Chávez was a labor leader, civil rights activist and the American farm worker who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association whic
: This past Monday, President Barack Obama announced that the legacy of Cesar Chavez would be honored with a National Monument to be designated in Keene, California; home of the renowned civil rights icon. The site served as national headquarters of the UFW and Chavez's home from the early 70s until his death. Chavez is buried there and his grave site will be part of the monument. This monument will be the fourth designated by President Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act and will be established on the property known as Nuestra Seńora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz.
I appreciate that a permanent structure will be erected in honor of Cesar Chavez because his contributions continue to benefit our national heritage. I also believe that if Cesar Chavez were alive today, he would want to see a movement of Latino voters defying the discriminatory laws that legislators throughout the country are attempting to enact in order to suppress legitimate votes. The statue commemorates the life of a great man, but the highest tribute to his legacy can only be made by an empowered people who make it to the ballot box. Yes, we can!
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