North Bend – “We are ready to give up everything, even our lives, in our fight for social justice.” – Cesar Chavez. Come celebrate Cesar Chavez Day during our 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration at the North Bend Library on Saturday, March 31, 1 – 3 pm; Bracero Poster presentations, video clips of Chavez’s actions, snacks and music. Special guest and speaker: Coos Hispanic Leadership Committee. Event hosted by the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County.
Chavez was born on March 31, 1927 to migrant workers in Arizona. His life work was a crusade against injustice as he worked with the United Farm Workers. Watching his parents humiliated in the field in the mid-1900’s, his rage was fueled against the racist treatment of Mexican-Americans which lead him towards a lifetime civil rights activities. He founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great leaders of the twentieth century. Two decades after his death Cavez remains one of the most significant Latino figures in US history.
WHAT: 8th Annual Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration
WHERE: North Bend Library, North Bend, OR.
WHEN: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 1 to 3 p.m.
WHO: Human Rights Advocates of Coos County (HRACC)
CONTACT: Bittin Duggan, 541-217-4095
Chavez won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and Cesar Chavez Day is now a US federal commemorative holiday*. Current formal holiday state are Arizona, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah and Wisconsin. It is an optional holiday in Texas and Colorado and a festival day in Nebraska and Nevada.
*as proclaimed by President Barack Obama in 2014.