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Cesar Chavez Day is a U.S. federal commemorative holiday, proclaimed by President Barack Obama in 2014.The holiday celebrates the birth and legacy of the civil rights and labor movement activist Cesar Chavez on March 31 every year. [Wikipedia.]

Here in Califas, we’ll be celebrating today; SCHOOL IS OUT!

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Famed labor organizer and activist Dolores Huerta has been fighting sexual harassment and discrimination since forever — when she was working in an office, when she was building the United Farm Workers, and when men tried to take credit for her work. In this video, by Hannah McNally, Huerta tells her story.


“I am deeply moved by your courage,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, wrote to UFW founder Cesar Chavez in 1966.

“As brothers in the fight for equality,” he wrote, “I extend the hand of fellowship and good will and wish continuing success to you and your members. The fight for equality must be fought on many fronts –- in the urban slums, in the sweat shops of the factories and fields. Our separate struggles are really one — a struggle for freedom, for dignity and for humanity.”

See more at Stanford’s King Encyclopedia.

lalo_chunky_sanchezI was sad to hear that San Diego and Barrio Logan Chicano icon Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez passed away Friday at the age of 65.

Born in 1951 in Blythe, California, Chunky learned to play music from his family, and lived his childhood as a migrant farmworker. He left the farm he worked with his father soon after hearing the owner tell his dad that Chunky would make a great foreman when he was gone.

He decided to go to college, and eventually landed at San Diego State. Chunky and his brother Ricardo’s band Los Alacranes Mojados were a fixture when I was a MEChista at San Diego State; I can’t tell you how many events they played for us and for the entire movimiento. [Mas…]

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Long live the farmworkers!

My late father, Salomón Chavez Huerta, first arrived in this country as an agricultural guest worker in the mid-1900s, during the Bracero Program. The Bracero Program represented a guest worker program between the United States and Mexico. From 1942 to 1964, the Mexican government exported an estimated 4.6 million Mexicans to meet this country’s labor shortage not only in the agricultural fields during two major wars (WWII and Korean War), but also in the railroad and mining sectors.

Like many braceros of his generation from rural Mexico, my father didn’t speak too much about the horrible working / housing conditions he endured while toiling in el norte. This included low pay, overcrowded housing, terrible food, limited legal rights, lack of freedom outside of the labor camps, racism, verbal / physical abuse and price gauging from company landlords / stores. [Mas…]

trumpheadroomAfter POCHO’s Dennis Wilen AKA Comic Saenz finally came clean about his history with UPenn classmate Donald Trump, we’ve learned more about the events that turned a Child of the 60s into the bitter meng he is today.

Here are the Pocho Ocho Top Reasons Child of the 60s The Donald is so Donald:

8. Still heartbroken and resentful after the end of a passionate love affair with UPenn boyfriend, Afro-Mexican exchange student Mumia Abu-Fuentes.

7. Childhood backyard “fort” overrun by kids playing “Viet Cong.”

6. Kicked out of Wharton School MEChA for attempted “firing” of Cesar Chavez. [Mas…]

President Jed Bartlet ❤️ César Chávez (UFW video bio)

by Andalé Mono March 30, 2015 Cultura

Martin Sheen, aka President Jed Bartlet, is the narrator in this César Chávez 2006 tribute video from the United Farm Workers (UFW.) César Chávez’ birthday is March 31

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BREAKING: Sean Penn set for Cesar Chavez keynote speech

by Lalo Alcaraz February 25, 2015 El Now
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(PNS reporting from MALIBU) Sean Penn will deliver the keynote address at the City of San Jose’s annual Cesar Chavez Day celebration March 31, friends of the actor say. The ceremony honors the late Mexican-American icon and civil rights leader on his birthday. Penn told dinner companions here Tuesday night that he plans to open the speech at the […]

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Pocho Ocho most popular Latin@ Halloween costumes of 2014

by Victor Payan November 4, 2014 Cultura
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Halloween costumes get better and better every year, and it’s hard to pick the best one. But we’re professionals, so we made up a fake most popular list to highlight the top outfits that feathered our serpent, if you know what we mean. Here are the Pocho Ocho most popular Latin@ Halloween costumes of 2014: […]

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Back from the dead and running for Congress, it’s Cesar Chavez!

by Santino J. Rivera June 3, 2014 El Now
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(PNS reporting from TUCSON) Cesar Chavez — noted American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist — is back from the dead and running for the congressional seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ). “I will do just about anything to win in Arizona’s heavily Hispanic 7th Congressional District,” Chavez said in […]

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Opening Friday: The Latino superhero film you asked for! (toon)

by ALEX GARCIA DE AZTLAN April 10, 2014 Cartoons
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Stephen Colbert, John Malkovich: ‘Cesar Chavez’ hates America (video)

by Lucida Grandé April 3, 2014 Cultura
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Stephen Colbert praises Cesar Chavez’s villainous co-star, John Malkovich, for his work in trying to stop greedy farmworkers from stealing our lettuce and letting our table grapes rot on the vine. PREVIOUSLY ON STEPHEN COLBERT:

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Everyone’s a critic (toon)

by Santino J. Rivera April 2, 2014 Cartoons
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Immigrants now leaders in town where Chavez began [PRI audio]

by Bronco del Camino March 31, 2014 Audio
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In Delano, the California Central Valley agricultural community where Cesar Chavez began the work that led to the formation of the United Farm Workers (UFW), immigrants and their children are now in charge. Public Radio International Reports:

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America’s Shame : 12-year-olds pick our fruits, veggies (video)

by Verdana Bold March 28, 2014 Cultura
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Children as young as 12 are still working in America’s fields alongside adults — bent over all day in often-dangerous conditions — just so there’s enough money to put food on the table and pay the phone bill. Although this Human Rights Watch video is from 2010, the practice continues, and is defended by some […]

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The Legacy of César Chávez (UFW short video biography)

by Soy Capitan March 28, 2014 Cultura

Before the big-budget Hollywood people came along, Martin Sheen narrated this César Chávez 2006 tribute video from the United Farm Workers (UFW.) PREVIOUSLY ON CESAR CHAVEZ:

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La Cucaracha: How to celebrate Latino Heritage Month for reals (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 15, 2013 Cartoons
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It’s Cesar Chavez’s birthday, and Google threw a Doodle party

by Lalo Alcaraz April 1, 2013 El Now
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Late Saturday night, as I searched for some historical images for a new history book I’m illustrating, I saw that Google had finally honored farm labor icon Cesar Chavez with their “Google Doodle.” My first thought (and tweet) was, “Brace yourselves for anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-Cesar Chavez racist hate from internet Christians on their Holy Day.”  […]

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Google releases alternate Easter Doodle to honor Jesus (toon)

by Lucida Grandé April 1, 2013 Cartoons
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Elise Roedenbeck’s ‘MiJA Weekly’ Easter Spirit Special 4.01.13 (video)

by Elise Valderrama March 31, 2013 El Now
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This week on MiJA, I get into the Easter spirit while Google pisses a bunch of people off. Also, I don my pink rubber gloves and prove that you’re never too young for senior moments. Happy Easter! Previously on MiJA WEEKLY…

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United Farmer Workers’ Video: The Legacy of César Chávez

by TIO SAM March 31, 2013 Cultura
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Martin Sheen narrates this César Chávez tribute video from the United Farm Workers (UFW.) RELATED: Obama dedicates César Chávez monument and we were there (photos)

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Ñewsweek: Obama speaks Spanish, Cesar y Hugo Chavez, angry Chicana

by Comic Saenz October 14, 2012 El Now
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There he goes again, that esneaky Barack Obama appealing to voters in a foreign language! For real Americans (who only speak English), we’ve translated his latest commercial so you can understand exactly where this vato is coming from. Sorry, we said “vato.” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as […]

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Obama dedicates César Chávez monument and we were there (photos)

by Lalo Alcaraz October 9, 2012 El Now
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Pres. Barack Obama and I met up yesterday in Keene, a pueblito of a town in Kern County, CA. Obama was there to dedicate a monument to César Chávez and I was there to witness. See — that’s me with the President in the background! After a groggy three-hour drive started at the crack of […]

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