Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Library Closed Cesar Chavez Day

Just a reminder:

City offices, including the Library, will be closed on Wednesday, March 31st in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927. From the age of 10, he lived in tents and migrant labor camps with his parents and siblings as they followed the harvest from crop to crop in fields, orchards and vineyards across Arizona and California. In 1952 he joined the Community Service Organization to help poor communities throughout the U.S. organize themselves into effective negotiating blocs, and helped lead a successful voter registration drive of Mexican-Americans. He is best remembered for: founding the association that became the United Farm Workers; and a prolonged strike against vineyard owners in California, including a successful two-year grape boycott.

Chavez distinguished himself by his nonviolent tactics and his ability to draw support and build alliances with many different groups, e.g., civil rights groups, Roman Catholic clergy, liberal intelligentsia and celebrities.

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