March 27, 2009

San Diego Prepares to Celebrate César E. Chávez Holiday With Annual Breakfast & Parade

Plans are well underway for this year César E. Chávez Commemorative Events, as the late United Farm Workers founder and civil rights hero is honored with a series of events throughout the region, including is the 11th annual César Chávez Breakfast and Parade. March 31st is a state holiday in honor of the man who along with Dolores Huerta founded and made it his life work to organize farm workers to attain livable wages and humane working conditions.

March 28th the San Diego Community will hold its annual march/parade. This year the parade route will go through three of San Diego’s historic Latino communities, Sherman Heights, Logan Heights, and Barrio Logan. The march/parade will culminate with a community celebration in Historic Downtown Logan. The parade will honor time activist Gracia Molina De Pick as this year’s community grand marshal.

March 30th is the 11th annual César E. Chávez Commemorative Breakfast and will take place at the San Diego Convention Center where once again thousands will gather to pay tribute to Chávez. This year’s festivities are highlighted by keynote speaker and co-founder of the United Farm Worker movement Dolores Huerta. In addition, this year’s event will highlight the winners of the César E. Chávez High School Essay contest and present two Visionary Awards to local community leaders. This year’s events includes master of ceremonies Xavier the X-Man from local station 92.5 and is made possible through our title sponsor, Viejas Enterprises. 

On March 31, César Chavez’s birthday, a commemorative mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe in honor of César Chávez. Chávez a devoted catholic, many times worked with the church to organize and motivate the community to his cause.

For more information on the César E. Chávez Commemoration Committee, the 11th Annual César E. Chávez Breakfast and the 15th Annual Memorial Parade/March please visit www.ssdChá In addition to the information listed above you will also find a calendar of San Diego County events commemorating the life and legacy of César E. Chávez.

Project New Village 9th Annual César E. Chávez Community Tribute

Project New Village proudly presents its 9th annual César E. Chávez Community Tribute in the fourth City Council District. This year’s tribute will take place on March 28, 2009, 12pm – 4pm at Market Creek Plaza. The theme for this year is environmental stewardship, “to do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial then we inherited it”.

The purpose of the César E. Chávez Community Tribute is to commemorate the late venerable labor leader César E. Chávez, while remembering and recommitting ourselves to the values personified by his life and legacy. One of the values left to us by César E. Chávez is the ”respect for life and the environment… Holding land, people and all forms of life in the highest regard”.

To that end, this year’s wellness bazaar will feature a mini farmer’s market, and community garden displays with hands on activities provided by The International Rescue Committee, and Terra Nova Project at Morse High School. The International Rescue Committee will coordinate “backyard growers” and local farmers to create the mini farmer’s market. We will also have information on recycling and going green.

There will be free physical exams, immunizations, HIV, HPV and STI screenings, and dental screening for children. Physical and mental fitness activities led by instructors including cardio kickboxing, yoga, mediation, traditional belly dancing and salsa dancing will also be available for all and of there will be information booths and displays to foster a connection with existing community services.

Overcoming Gangs & Beyond will lead this year’s Community Unity Walk. This walk symbolizes the historical march-es used by Chávez and the United Farm Workers Union to protest social injustices as well as others to increase the involvement of ordinary people in movements for change.

On a lighter note, the entertainment line-up includes Tommy Redding, singer / songwriter, with soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics; local multi-cultural roots reggae band and more…

UC San Diego to Hold César Chávez Celebration in April

The life and achievements of César E. Chávez, labor leader and champion of human rights, will be observed with a month-long series of diverse activities during April at the University of California, San Diego.

Chávez’s March 31st birthday will be honored with a state-wide holiday and a UC San Diego campus observance on March 27. UC San Diego celebratory and educational Chávez activities begin April 6. All events are free and open to the public.

Chávez was the principal figure in the Chicano civil rights movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s. A leader in the struggle for working families and an advocate for non-violent solutions and respect for immigrants and all Americans of Mexican descent, his legacy will be the guiding thread in lectures, a film presentation, a panel discussion, a cultural celebration, a youth essay contest, a student field trip, and an artistic collaboration with the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

Lecturers will include a noted scholar of Filipino and Chicano farm labor, and a panel of UCSD emeriti professors who participated in the Lumumba/Zapata educational reform movement of 1969.

Joan Cordova, associate professor and director of the Multicultural Collaborative at Drexel University School of Education, Philadelphia, will speak at noon April 13 on Filipinos in the Fields—Conflicts and Coalitions in the Cross-Cultural Center at UC San Diego. Nancy Magpusao, a member of the UCSD César E. Chávez Recognition Planning Committee, said Cordova will discuss the history of farm labor unions in California and the alliance created in the 1960s between Mexican American and Filipino workers.

Original participants in the Lumumba/Zapata educational reform movement at UCSD will return April 24 for a 40-year reunion. In 1969, students and faculty proposed a new vision for Third College that would be more inclusive of communities of color, offer a curriculum grounded in the pressing issues of the day, and allow for more democratic policies that stressed student governance.

Although the Lumumba/Zapata experiment did not achieve all of its goals, it is a landmark moment in the history of activism and progressive change at UC San Diego. According to Jorge Mariscal, professor of Literature, the Lumumba/Zapata student demands foresaw many of the most pressing educational issues affecting communities of color that are still unresolved today.

• The César E. Chávez celebration finale April 30 will feature theatrical performances, poetry, and art at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park. Called the “Voices of the New Califas,” the event will include local artists as well as performers from Los Angeles and Oakland. Among these are the acting troupe “headRush” from the San Francisco area, spoken word artist César Cruz, and local San Diego artists.

Other activities in the month-long salute to César E. Chávez include:

• The High School Essay Contest Awards Presentation and Breakfast, 7:30 a.m., March 30, San Diego Convention Center. Presented by the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and the César E. Chávez Recognition Planning Committee. Keynote speaker: Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.

• A panel discussion on Chicano Studies: Past, Present, Future, 5 p.m., April 2, Cross-Cultural Center. Presented by UCSD Colectiva Chicana and the Cross-Cultural Center.

• The 24th annual Cultural Celebration, all day, April 4, UC San Diego’s Thurgood Marshall College. Music, dance, food, and art from around the world.

• Screening of the film, A Class Apart, 4:30 p.m., April 23, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center. The story of the first Mexican American attorneys to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

• A field trip to Chicano Park for the 39th Celebration of the Park in Barrio Logan. April 25, 11:30 a.m. Food, vendors, entertainment, free transportation. UC San Diego students only. Presented by the Center for Student Involvement.

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