Tuesday, October 2, 2012

National Monument For Chavez, UFW Leader To Be Created In California

President Obama to create César E. Chávez home a National Monument.

By H. Nelson Goodson
October 2, 2012

Washington, D.C. - On October 8, President Barack H. Obama is expected to officially announce the creation of a National Monument honoring César Estrada Chávez, leader of the United Farm Workers (UFW) and civil rights advocate under the Antiquities Act, the White House announced. Obama will take time off from his re-election campaign and travel to Keene, California for the special occassion. 
The monument will be managed by the U.S. National Park Service and will be built in donated lands known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), which is owned by the Chávez Foundation and the Chávez family. The site in the San Joaquin Valley near Bakersville was designated a historic site last year and is the home of the UFW headquarters, legal defense branch of the UFW that also includes the house and resting place for Chávez. Chávez passed away in 1993 and was known for his affords to bring awareness to the plight of farm workers in California and was instrumental in changing laws to protect farm workers, fought for their civil rights and was best known for calling a national boycott of grapes. 
Chávez efforts inspired other Hispanics struggling in the U.S. to fight for higher educational opportunities, local and federal government job opportunities, political empowerment and civil rights.

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