sponsored by Laborers'
Union Local 169 and Culinary
Union Local 226, this year's event will take place from
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2006, at the Neil Road Community Center
in southeast Reno. Washoe County School District students will fabricate
signs and march from Pine Middle School to the center to begin the
public is welcome at the no-charge event which will again feature
food, scholarship winners and entertainment even a DVD produced
by Pine students about the school's César
here for complete 2006 details. See you there!
TO CHÁVEZ DAY
On March 10, 1968,
Kennedy and César Chávez met in Delano, California,
for the breaking of Chavez's anti-violence fast. Chávez's
physicians had contacted Kennedy to ask for his help in convincing
Chávez to end his fast before it did more damage to his health.
March 17, 1966,
farm workers led by César
began a march from Delano to Sacramento.
31, 1927, César
Chávez was born near Yuma, Ariz.
York Times obituary, April 24, 1993:
"Mr. Chávez, who was described by Robert F. Kennedy in
1968 as 'one of the heroic figures of our time,'was widely acknowledged
to have done more to improve the lot of the migrant farm worker than
anyone else. Fighting growers and shippers who for generations had
defeated efforts to unionize field workers, and later fighting rival
unionists, Mr. Chávez for the first time brought a degree of
stability and security to the lives of some migrant workers. Largely
because of him, the California Legislature in 1975 passed the nation's
first collective bargaining act outside Hawaii for farm workers, who
are largely excluded from Federal labor law coverage. 'For the first
time,' Mr. Chávez said when asked to describe the union's achievement,
'the farm worker got some power.' Asked what had motivated his stubborn
fight, he said, 'For many years I was a farm worker, a migratory worker,
and, well, personally and I'm being very frank maybe
it's just a matter of trying to even the score.'"
of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac]]
Jose Mercury News 6-14-2007
by Mercury News staff
iconic civil rights leader of the 1960s, spent much of his
youth in San Jose.
At the time, the neighborhood was called Sal Si Puedes
"Get Out If You Can." It was in San Jose
honed the community organizing skills that served him well
in launching the United Farm Workers union and leading the
famous grape boycotts of the 1960s.
Earlier this year, the city of San Jose dedicated a new street
sign at San Antonio Street and Scharff Avenue, pointing visitors
to the site of the Chávez
home. If you walk by 53 Scharff Ave., you will find a squat,
brown stucco duplex now sitting on the spot where young César
spent his formative years. A bronze plaque on the site reads:
not exactly correct. The original house doesn't exist anymore,
but the marker and the directional sign are
proof of the entire city's pride in the fact that San Jose
played an important role in the life of Chávez.
Chávez Celebration IV
Left to right, Maria
Zamora, Librado "Lee" Chávez
and Tony Mayorga. Lee Chávez
holds up a United Farm Workers of America flag signed by
his late brother. The flag is part of Ms. Zamora's collection
memorabilia which she displayed at the 2004 Chávez
Celebration and will do so again this year. Ms. Zamora marched
in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked
across California. Tony
Mayorga is President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a
founding sponsor of the celebration.
César Chávez IV
March 31, 2005
Reno Hilton Crystal Ballroom
DÍA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ Jueves 31 de Marzo
for the evening
Leopoldo Ramos, General Manager, KREN and KAZR
Rev. Richard "Whitey" Engeseth
International Folkloric Ballet Company
Pete Sferrazza, Washoe County Commissioner
E. Chávez Chautauqua
Performed by Gilbert Cortez
Foundation Film Presentation
Reading of César
E. Chávez Essays
Dan Carne, President, Washoe County School Board
Essay Awards Presentation
Lynn Draper, V.P., Greater Nevada Credit Union
César Chávez came to Reno
How often do we get to meet the
great men of our age? Of the great apostles of nonviolence
who have lived in our time and generations, I got to meet
only one, but that was a meaningful one. César
Chávez's (1986) visit to Reno gave me the opportunity
to meet him, to shake his hand, to stand in his presence.
It was an honor, one of the privileged moments of my life.
On March 10, 1968, Robert
Kennedy went to Delano to be with César
when he broke his fast for nonviolence. Senator Kennedy
said to César's
supporters in the farm workers, "And when your children
and grandchildren take their place in America, going to
high school and college and taking good jobs at good pay
when you look at them, you will say, 'I did this.
I was there, at the point of difficulty and danger'. And
though you may be old and bent from many years of labor,
no man will stand taller than you when you say, 'I marched
We have not been very good
custodians of that hope. Good jobs at good pay seem further
away than ever. We have to do better. César's
Courtesy of Poor Denny's Almanac
Used by permission.
Sparks Tribune 3-20-2005
FLAG ART presented by César Chávez to Reno Musicians
Union Local 368 Secretary-Treasurer Beth Shay at
Chávez Day I on July 15, 1986. Each color is symbolic
black for the dark situation of the farmworkers of the
time; red for toil and sacrifice and the white circle for hope.
Chávez himself designed it.
Northern Nevada will mark its fourth
Chávez Day celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2005, which would
have been the soft spoken leaders 78th birthday. Pappas Telecasting
of Nevada, which owns stations KREN TV-27 (Charter Cable Channel 6),
a WB affiliate, and KAZR TV-46 (Charter Cable Channel 24), an Azteca
America affiliate, celebrates César Estrada
Chávez with an essay contest and a special presentation.
The region's first César
Chávez Day was declared by the Reno City Council in honor of
visit on July 15, 1986. The Pappas Telecasting stations began
the annual commemoration in 2003. Last
year's event drew twice the attendance of 2003.
The public is invited to the event
in the Reno Hilton's Crystal Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on March
31, with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Nevadans who knew or worked
with Chávez will speak on their experiences. Members of his immediate
family are again expected to attend. There is
no charge for admission, however anyone wishing to attend please RSVP
with KAZR and KREN at 775-333-2727 before Friday, March 25.
In conjunction with the Washoe County
School District, students in three grade levels are again participating
in an essay contest. The competition is open to all students from Kindergarten
through 12th grade. Winners will read their variations on this year's
theme, "How have César Chávez,
his work or his ideas affected my life?"
In late March and early April, KAZR
TV-46 and KREN TV-27 will air special vignettes honoring César
Chávez. KAZR TV-46 will premiere a new half-hour César
Chávez documentary on the day of the celebration. It will air
at 6:30 p.m. with repeats at 11:30 p.m. on March 31 and at 1:30 a.m.
on April 1.
Chávez was born on March 31, 1927, on a small farm near Yuma,
Arizona. At 10 years of age, Chávez began life as a migrant farm
worker. This ultimately led to his cause or "La Causa," advocating
for better wages and working conditions for the nation's farm workers.
In 1952, he began the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) to strive
for equal rights for agricultural workers.
Chávez learned from and practiced the non-violent principles
of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mohandas K. Gandhi. Chávez
died on April 23, 1993, at the age of 66. He was posthumously awarded
a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. The United States Postal Service
issued a commemorative
first class stamp bearing his image in 2003.
Renos WB broadcast television
network focuses on Renos younger demographic with top quality
family programming. Azteca America broadcast television network focuses
on the rapidly-growing Reno Hispanic population. Renos affiliate
produces the only Spanish language newscast in Northern Nevada.
TELECASTING DE NEVADA
CELEBRA EL DÍA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ
Nevada El Norte de Nevada conmemorara el cuarto Día
de César Chávez este Jueves, Marzo 31, el cual seria
su cumpleaños numero 78 del desaparecido líder agrícola.
Pappas Telecasting de Nevada, quienes son propietarios de las estaciones
KREN 27 afiliada de WB y KAZR 46 afiliada de Azteca América
a la vez, conmemorarán a César Estrada Chávez
con un concurso literario y un programa especial.
El primer Día de César Chávez fue declarado por
el Consejo Municipal de la ciudad de Reno en honor a
la visita de Chávez en Julio 15, 1986.
Las estaciones de Pappas Telecasting empezaron las celebraciones anuales
de conmemoración en el 2003. El
año pasado este evento duplico la concurrencia del
El publico en general esta invitado al evento que se realizará
en el Reno Hilton - Crystal Ballroom. Las puertas del evento abrirán
a las 5:30 p.m., Marzo 31. Iniciándose el programa a las 6:00
p.m. Los nevadenses que llegaron a conocer y trabajaron con Chávez
nos expondrán sus experiencias. Miembros de la familia Chávez
se espera atenderán el evento. La admisión es gratis,
sin embargo cualquiera que desee asistir puede hacer sus reservaciones
con KAZR y KREN al teléfono 775-333-2727 antes del Viernes,
En conjunción con el distrito Escolar de Washoe County, escolares
de los tres diferentes niveles estarán participando nuevamente
en el concurso literario. El concurso esta abierto a todos los estudiantes
desde Kindergarten hasta el 12th grado. Los ganadores leerán
sus composiciones basados en el tema de este año: "Como
es que la trayectoria e ideas de César Chávez han afectado
KAZR TV 46 y KREN TV 27 estarán difundiendo durante el fin
de Marzo y comienzos de Abril cortos especiales honrando a César
Chávez. KAZR TV-46 estará estrenando un documental de
media hora sobre Cesar Chávez el día central de la conmemoración.
Este especial estará al aire a las 6:30 p.m. con repeticiones
a las 11:30 p.m. el 31 de Marzo y a las 1:30 a.m. el 1 de Abril.
César Chávez nació el 31 de Marzo de 1927, en
una granja cerca a Yuma, Arizona. A los 10 años de edad, Chávez
empezó su vida como "brasero" junto a su familia.
Este hecho en su vida provoco que Chávez se convirtiera en
un abanderado por la justicia social, a la cual el llamo "La
Causa", propugnando mejoras salariales y mejores condiciones
de trabajo para los trabajadores en los campos de cultivo.
En 1952, el constituyó la Asociación Nacional de los
Trabajadores del Campo- Nacional Farm Workers Association (NFWA) con
el fin de defender la igualdad de derechos para los trabajadores agrícolas.
César Chávez aprendió y practico los principios
de No Violencia del Dr. Martín Luther King Jr. y Mahatma Gandhi.
Chávez falleció el 23 de Abril de 1993, a la edad de
66 años. El fue honrado póstumamente con la Medalla
Presidencial de la Libertad en 1994 por el presidente Bill Clinton.
servicio postal imprimió una estampilla conmemorativa de primera
clase con su imagen en el 2003.
celebrará "Día de César Chávez"
fue César Chávez?
de las figuras heróicas de nuestros tiempos"
Robert F. Kennedy, D-NY
CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY PROCLAMATIONS