March 29, 2002

César Chávez Calendar of Events

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.

UCSD To Present Month-Long César E. 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 birthday, March 31, will be honored with a state-wide holiday April 1 and a UCSD campus observance March 29. UCSD celebratory and educational Chávez activities begin April 5. All events are free and open to the public.

The principal figure in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, Chávez, and his role as a leader in the struggle for working families and an advocate for non-violent solutions and dignity and respect for all, 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 a UCSD Bookstore display.

Lecturers will include the co-founder with Chávez of the United Farm Workers of America and an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California.

On April 5 Carlos R. Moreno, associate justice of the Supreme Court of California, will speak on Advocates and Access to Justice at 12:30 p.m. in the Cross-Cultural Center at UCSD.

According to Nick Aguilar, director of UCSD Student Policy & Judicial Affairs and a member of the UCSD César E. Chávez Recognition Planning Committee, Moreno’s “personal campaign is to encourage members of the bar to be more accessible to the Chicano/Latino community and to issues that impact their community both negatively and positively.” Aguilar says Moreno also “encourages members of the bar to promote initiatives that expand or promote access of the Chicano/Latino to the legal profession.”

Prior to being sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California in October of 2001, Moreno served in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the Municipal Court, Compton Judicial District, and as a deputy city attorney with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office. He has served as president of the Mexican American Bar Association and has been a member of the California Judges Association and the Presiding Judges Association.

On April 9, Antonia Darder, Ph.D., professor of Education and Cultural Studies at Clare-mont Graduate School and director of the Institute for Cultural Studies in Education, will speak at 4 p.m. at the Cross-Cultural Center. Her topic is Teaching in the Age of Globalization and Difference. She will discuss critical pedagogy and how schools can help end the cycle of underachievement, exclusion, and oppression among Chicano/Latino students and other students of color.

Darder’s work focuses on comparative studies of racism, class, and society. Her teaching and research encompass the foundations of critical pedagogy, Latino studies, and social justice theory. Her publications include Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love (2002).

Vicki Ruiz, Ph.D., professor of history and Chicano/Latino Studies in the Department of History at UC Irvine, will lecture at 4 p.m. April 24 in the Cross-Cultural Center. Her topic is Big Dreams, Rural Schools: Mexican Americans and Public Education, 1870-1950. Ruiz has written extensively on 20th Century U.S. history specializing in Chicano/Chicana studies, gender studies, labor, and California and the West. Her publications include From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth Century America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).

The César E. Chávez lecture finale will be April 30 and will feature the co-founder with Chávez of the United Farm Workers of America and emeritus vice-president of the United Farm Workers (AFL-CIO), Dolores Huerta. Huerta will speak on Las Generaciones: Our Past, Present, and Future at 7 p.m. in the Copley Auditorium of the UCSD Institute of the Americas. The lecture is being presented by the Helen Edison Lecture Series and the UCSD César E. Chávez Recognition Planning Committee.

Huerta and Chávez brought the United Farm Workers (UFW) to life in the early 1960s and transformed it from a local labor union to a major social and political movement for progressive change. Huerta wrote the UFW’s first contract and became an early symbol for women’s empowerment. Almost a decade after Chávez’s death in 1993, Huerta, the mother of 11 children, continues to be a leading voice for workers’ and women’s rights and a major figure in the history of the American civil rights movement.

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

* The High School Essay Contest Awards Presentation and Breakfast, 7 a.m., April 5, San Diego Convention Center.

Presented by the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) and the César E. Chávez Recognition Planning Committee.

* Screening of the film, The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmworkers’ Struggle, 7 p.m., April 5, UCSD Center Hall. Presented by the Committee for World Democracy.

* A panel discussion on Activists in the Field: Agriculture and Education, 5 p.m., April 11, Cross-Cultural Center. Presented by EAOP and the Cross-Cultural Center.

* The 24th Annual Cultural Celebration, all day, April 13, UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College. Music, dance, food, and art from around the world. Presented by the Leadership Committee for Cultural Connection.

* A field trip, Reclaiming What’s Ours, all day, Chicano Park. Food, vendors, entertainment, free transportation. UCSD students only.

* A month-long display in the UCSD Bookstore featuring works about César E. Chávez and the Chicano movement of the 1960s.

For further information on Chávez activities visit the website, http://blink.ucsd.edu/go/chavez.

Grossmont College Honors Cesar Chavez Friday, April 5 Featuring Agustín Lira & “Alma”

An evening of discussion and music with Agustín Lira and his musical group “Alma” with focus on the role of art and culture in the Chicano movement. Lira, who joined Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in 1965, is one of the founding members of El Teatro Campesino.

The two-part program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the college auditorium, room 220, with a discussion led by Lira. Students and audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and to give their opinions regarding such topics as “What is the role of art and culture in society? What role did the arts play in the UFW struggle for equality and civil rights” Whose responsibility is it to ‘keep the flame alive?’ Is cultural identify important in this day and age?

A musical program celebrating Cesar Chavez and the struggle of the United Farm Workers will follow. “Alma” musicians Patricia Wells Solorzano and Ravi Knypstra will join Lira for the presentation.

The program is one in a series sponsored by the Grossmont College World Arts Cultural Organizing Committee (WACO), the Associate Students of Grossmont College, and other campus-based organizations. For more information, contact Grossmont College WACO chairperson Michael Golden, 619-644-7332.

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