March 18, 2005

Southwestern College Honors César E. Chávez With Candle Light Vigil, Scholarship Breakfast Fundraiser, and Other Events

CHULA VISTA—Southwestern College (SWC) students, faculty, and staff will honor the memory and legacy of Cesar E. Chávez, civil rights, Latino, farm worker, and labor leader, with a series of events on the College’s main campus. They include:

MARCH 28, 2005

Video—“Fight in the Fields”

Room 751*

7 – 9 p.m. Free

MARCH 29, 2005

Video—“Taking Back our Schools”

Room 1682*

9:30-10:45 a.m. Free

MARCH 29, 2005

“Mexican Migration to the United States: You Can’t Stop the Wind”

Lecture by SWC Mexican-American Studies Professor Victor M. Chávez

Room 751*

7-9 p.m. Free

MARCH 30, 2005

Scholarship Breakfast Fundraiser

Student Union East*

7-8:30 a.m.

$25 per person

MARCH 30, 2005

Candle Light Vigil

“Reflections on an American Hero”

Student Amphitheatre*

7-8 p.m. Free

For more information on the above events, contact the Cesar E. Chávez Holiday Committee at (619) 482-6388.

Born in Yuma, Arizona on March 30, 1927, Chávez was exposed to the hardship of farm work life at an early age. He and his family toiled under brutal weather and labor conditions in the fields and vineyards, where he was exposed to the hardships and injustices of farm worker life. With the support of his parents, wife, and children, Chávez subsequently devoted his entire life to alleviate human suffering, not just in the farm fields of the Southwest, but also in the urban and rural communities across the United States.

For more than three decades, he led the first successful farm workers union in American history, achieving dignity, respect, fair wages, medical coverage, pension benefits, and humane living conditions, as well as countless other rights and protections, for hundreds of thousands of farm workers.

Return to the Frontpage