March 22, 2002

Lincoln Park Community Members to Convene 2nd Annual Birthday Tribute to Cesar Chavez

On Saturday, March 30, 2002, members of the beautiful community of Lincoln Park will host its second annual birthday tribute to Cesar Chavez, the venerable labor leader and founder of the United Farm Workers. Called "one of the heroic figures of our time" by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Cesar's four decade legacy was one of justice, courage and sacrifice, as well as significant social justice achievements such as the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which protects farm workers right to organize, providing them with the opportunity to demand and receive fair wages medical coverage pension benefits.

"Cesar Chavez's contribution to the liberalization of our society is one of his greatest contribution," explains Ms. N. Diane Moss, co-organizer of the Birthday Tribute, "his example of non-violent struggle to overcome racial and economic discrimination still serves a model to emulate for all of us who seek justice and equal opportunity."

The Birthday Tribute is part of a ten-day series of events geared educate the broader community about Cesar and his multi-dimensional contributions to society as an social entrepreneur; religious and spiritual figure; and a consumer advocate.

"Keeping with Cesar's commitment to health and physical fitness we will begin our celebration with a warm-up walk of about a mile to get the juices flowing," said Robert Tambuzi, Co-Director of Project New Village, a sponsoring agency of the event, "We will then, at Kennedy Park, enjoy cultural performances, savory food, and hear words of solidarity from various community leaders."

There will be plenty of activities for children and families, as well as health and social service information booths. This event is being co-sponsored by the Lincoln Park Wellness Village, the Lincoln Park Town Council, the Jacob's Center for Non-Profit Innovation, the San Diego Urban Corps, as well as the regional Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee.

Come join us Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. at Project New Village Neighborhood Resources, 5083 Logan Avenue (Convene for Community Walk to Kennedy Park, for the Cultural Celebration at Kennedy Park, 4825 Ocean View Blvd.

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