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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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“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…]

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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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On this Labor Day, I honor my mom (photo)

by Eri Fernandez August 29, 2014 Cultura
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La Santa Cecilia picks Beatlefruit in ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (video)

by MOON GUAC August 6, 2014 Cartoons
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Beatle John Lennon’s song about playing in the Salvation Army’s Strawberry Fields children’s home near his casa in Liverpool becomes an animated allegory about who picks the juicy red fruits and the crop’s journey from farm to table table to farm as East Los homies La Santa Cecilia transform Strawberry Fields Forever. PREVIOUSLY ON LA […]

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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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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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Thank you, Jesus, for the food we eat (toon)

by THE INTERNETS November 28, 2013 Cartoons
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Los Peanuts: Tienes que trabajar muy duro en mi rancho (toon)

by Lalo Alcaraz April 1, 2013 Cartoons
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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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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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Unsung Heroes of Hispanic Heritage Month: Ray Moss

by Andalé Mono September 26, 2012 Cultura
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They were ordinary people living ordinary lives, until one singular sensation of circumstances conspired with fate to make them UNSUNG HEROES OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH The effort to organize African-American, Filipino-American and Mexican-American farmworkers in California’s Central Valley was an uphill battle in 1964. Fledgling union leader Cesar Chavez thought organizing a boycott of a […]

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Community offers a loving goodbye to Lupe Ontiveros

by Lalo Alcaraz August 3, 2012 El Now
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They say everyone loves you when you’re dead. Everyone can also love you when you’re alive, if you’re Lupe Ontiveros. The funny, talented and bursting with life Mexican-American actress passed away last Thursday in Whittier, CA. My son and I attended Lupe Ontiveros’ Rosary service last night in Pico Rivera to pay our last respects […]

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PochoCast #5: Alcaraz y Madrigal on face-chewing and boobs (NSFW)

by EDUARDO BURRO June 11, 2012 Audio
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POCHO primos Jefe-in-Chief Lalo Alcaraz and Migrant Editor Al Madrigal chop, channel and lower the ñews: Miami munchies and Canadian cannibals Salma Hayek’s boob optimization POCHO web traffic Wisconsin recall Organized labor Lalo’s copyright trouble on Facebook These kids today — Produced by Jefe de Creative Marcelo Ziperovich. (NSFW language.)

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Students create gigantic portrait of Cesar Chavez from 5500 dominos

by Andalé Mono April 24, 2012 Cartoons
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San Diego students used dominos to create a huge Cesar Chavez mural and installed it over the weekend in Chicano Park. NBC San Diego’s Gitzel Puente reports: It took 5,500 domino pieces, 40 students and six weeks to create this piece of art. Students and staff from O’Farrell Community School started this mural using blueprints, […]

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