March 30, 2001

César Chávez Celebration to be Presented During April at UCSD

A month-long roster of diverse activities to celebrate the life and contributions of César Chávez —described in one biography title as Conquering Goliath— will be held in varying venues during April at the University of California, San Diego.

The labor leader and principal figure in the Chicano Civil Rights Movement will be the subject of a film festival, an essay contest, two symposiums, an exhibit on his life as part of an annual campus celebration, and a display of books at the UCSD Bookstore.

The César Chávez Film Festival will screen at 7 p.m. on four Mondays during April at the UCSD Price Center Theatre. Admission to all films is free and open to the public.

The April 2 film will be The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farmwork-ers' Struggle, a portrait of the United Farmworkers Union leader and the history of that union. The April 9 film is... and the earth did not swallow him, an adaptation of a classic Chicano novel about a young Mexican-American boy and his migrant farmworker family.

On April 16, Salt of the Earth, the true-life story of the struggle of a Mexican-American mining community seeking better working condition, will screen. The film festival wraps up April 23 with Las Mineras, a documentary profiling the 50-year struggle for justice by Mexican-American copper miners in Arizona.

The State of Migrant Labor in the Western United States: Then and Now is the topic of a symposium to be held from noon to 4 p.m. April 17 in Deutz Conference Room of UCSD's Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas.

Six leading scholars in various disciplines will discuss the challenges facing migrant farm workers, past and present, including their changing relations with employers, labor contractors, and labor unions, the ways in which undocumented immigration status affects migrants' access to jobs and terms of employment, and varied social, legal and political issues affecting the well-being of migrant works.

Sí se puede: The Legacy of César Chávez is the topic of a day-long symposium to be presented April 28 in the Deutz Conference room of UCSD's Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas.

The symposium focus will be historical and cultural information on César Chávez, the United Farmworkers, and Mexican-American labor presented by four leading scholars on Chávez and the activities related to his involvements. Musical and theatrical presentations will be included in the program.

How Has César E. Chávez influenced My Life, and What Impact Has His work Had, Or Will Have, on My Future? is the topic of essays submitted by San Diego and Imperial County students, grades 7 through 12. Winning authors will be recognized at an awards ceremony April 7 at UCSD's Thurgood Marshall Cultural Celebration.

Project New Village to Host 1st Annual "Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration March"

Project New Village, in conjunction with the Lincoln Park Wellness Village and the San Diego Cesar E. Chavez Commemoration Committee, will host the 1st Annual Cesar E. Chavez Walk on Saturday, March 31, 2001.

"We are pleased to be able to participate in this historic, grass root celebration of a modern day hero," said N. Diane Moss, co-director of the Project New Village (PNV), "we see this as a great opportunity to accomplish many things, raise awareness about the need for liveable wages, build a greater appreciation for cultural diversity and stress the importance of being healthy."

The Commemorative Walk is the brainchild of Moss, a civic and community activist for many years. The event is part of a week-long, celebration that begins March 26th, with a panel discussion of the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, and culminates on Saturday, March 31st, with a Community Celebration at an elementary school named after the great labor leader.

The pre-walk ceremonies will begin at 9:00 am at the Lincoln Park Wellness Village offices located at the intersection of Logan and Euclid Avenues. There will be performances by the different ethnic and cultural groups which comprise the community. Additionally, civic and community leaders will be on hand to offer words of support and solidarity.

The walk will begin at 9:45 am and end at the Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles long. Among the many groups involved are the Latina/Latino Indigenous People Coalition, Children Having Children, Inc., the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Council, the High Steppers Girls Against Drugs Drill Team, the Aztec Danzantes, and the Morse High School Pacific Islander Alliance Group.


César Chávez Elementary Honors the Memory of It's Namesake

César Chávez Elementary, 1404 S. 40th St. San Diego, Ca. 92113, is honoring the memory of César Chávez on Friday March 30th, 2001.

Four major activities are planned.

• A rally from 9:30 - 11:30 with invited guests entertained by César Chávez Elementary students, followed by

• A marcha around the neighborhood celbrating the achievements of César Chávez.

• "César Chávez Legacy" student work exhibit in the auditorium.

• Afternoon entertainment and puestecitos (booths) 12:35 - 3 p.m.

Come, enjoy and honor this great yet humble humanitarian.


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