March 5, 2004

PROJECT NEW VILLAGE TO HOST 3RD ANNUAL CESAR E. CHAVEZ BIRTHDAY COMMEMORATION AND TRIBUTE

On Saturday, March 27, 2004, Project New Village, working in conjunction with a resident-driven advisory committee in the community of Lincoln Park, will sponsor its fourth annual tribute to Cesar Chavez, the venerable labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW).

”We are truly honored to be a part of the statewide effort to honor Cesar Chavez because of his enduring legacy of service and his struggle for justice and equal rights.”, said N. Diane Moss, co-director of Project New Village.

Called “one of the most heroic figures of our time”, by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Chavez’s four decades of work led to significant political and social justice achievements such as the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which protects farm worker’s right to organize, providing them which the opportunity to demand and receive fair wages, medical coverage, and pension benefits. Additionally, he believe in and practiced non-violence in the face of racial and social injustice.

“Mr. Chavez, along with Dr. King, both practiced non-violence in the face of vicious and violent opposition to their righteous cause,” said Robert Tambuzi, co-director of Project New Village, “His commitment to non-violence and the peaceful resolution of conflict can and should be emulated in our barrios and neighborhoods.”

Chavez was also a staunch health advocate. Keeping with Chavez’s commitment health, the planning committee has received several commitments from providers to provide free health assessments to those in attendance. The event will take Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) located at 4343 Ocean View Blvd. and begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. Residents will be treated to various cultural performances, savory food and hear words of solidarity from various civic and community leaders. There will also be many family-oriented activities.

The committee is proud to announce that this year’s celebration will be emceed by the Honorable Luis Natividad, Councilman-elect of National City. Teye Sa Thiosanne African Dance and Drum Company, Mariachi Infantil, and the locally renown, DJ Kool T.

Last year’s celebration was attended by over 300 people. This event is free and open to the public.

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