¡Viva Chávez!

César Chávez Celebration XV / Celebración de César Chávez XV
Wednesday 29 March 2017
/ Miércoles 29 de Marzo 2017
Mandalay Ballroom / Circus Circus Reno

Updated 2-15-2017 GMT

Kate Smith & Lady Gaga
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-14-2017 Sparks Tribune

Feliz al dia de Santo Valentino

Poor Denny's Almanac Wednesday, 14 Sept. 2016 08:46:23 PDT

On this date in 1988, labor leader Dolores Huerta was beaten by police in front of Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco.
(Courtesy of veteran Nevada journalist Dennis Myers of the Reno News & Review © 2016 Dennis Myers))


Requiescant in pace

Adios: Sam Lumpe, 1940-2016
The César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Famer and retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 26/AFL-CIO, passed away in Reno on Aug. 24. A complete obituary will be posted here soon. At his request, there will be no memorial service. He is the second hall-of-famer to pass this summer. Requiescant in pace.

Adios: Librado Chávez muerto
Librado "Lee" Chávez, brother of César Chávez and frequent participant in Nevada César Chávez Day activities, has passed away in California. Details as they arrive. Requiescat in pace. (8-16-2016)

VETERANS — 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 of Chávez/UFWA memorabilia which she displayed at the 2004 Chávez Celebration. Ms. Zamora marched with César Chávez in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked across California. She traveled from California to attend the 2014 and 2016 events. She was installed in the Hall of Fame in 2016. She weaved wonderful stories for the audience and Duet Eross (César Perez and Chriss Reyes) serenaded her with De Colores. As always, the Chávez family was well represented by Reno resident Ramon Chávez and his family. Tony Mayorga is the former President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a founding sponsor of the celebration. [Librado Chávez and a dozen family members attended the 2008-2011 events. They had been unable to attend recently due to the illness of Mrs. Chávez. We look forward to seeing them again soon.]

Adios: César Chávez Hall of Famer George "Battling" Nelson, 1932-2016

Helen Chávez, widow of César Chávez, dies at 88
Elena Chávez muerta
Associated Press 6-7-2016

 

César Chávez Celebration XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016

Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Miércol
es 30 de Marzo 2016
Mandalay Ballroom / Circus Circus Reno


Dear Friends: We enjoyed a record-breaking (by two whole people!) attendance. I found out afterward that we were not only up against Mslle. Mayor's heart transplant event but also the University of Nevada-Reno's do-or-die win against Morehead State in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament's championship round.

We thought we were honored by the presence of three César Chávez dinosaurs. Turned out we had four. Wow.

Among award winners, Maria Zamora was inducted in the NevadaLabor.com César Chávez Hall of Fame and a new star was born at age 14. Watch this website for photos and details, as well as the Reno Gazette-Journal and Sparks Tribune.

Thanks to everyone who attended, especially the parents who brought their children. In the morning, we all go back to work for La Causa.

Stay tuned for March 29, 2017.

¡Sí se puede! 

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish)

Andres

 


 

Poor Denny's Almanac — Thursday, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:02 PDT

César Chávez: "The Raiders are my team. You know why? In the first boycott, they were the only team where all the players endorsed it."

Ronald Reagan/June 5 1968: "They are immoral to boycott grapes.
"

On this date in 1845, the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was published; in 1898 in an essay by reporter Alf Doten about his recently deceased colleague William Wright aka Dan DeQuille, Doten observed, “Even the Piute Indians along the street heartily enjoyed his efforts to joke with them in their native language, which he sympathetically admired for its natural oddity.”; in 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona; in 1932, police in Redwood City, California were holding (on an assault charge) a man named Joe Cramer who had escaped from the Nevada State Prison eleven years earlier; in 1945 at the Ravensbruck women’s death camp a Russian Orthodox nun and poet named Elizabeta Skobtsova but known as Mother Maria who had aided and rescued Jews in France, was gassed;  in 1955 in what Groucho Marx called “the biggest robbery since Brinks”, Grace Kelly won the best actress Academy award for The Country Girl over Judy Garland in A Star is Born; in 1965, a massive airborne offensive began in Vietnam, with a hundred U.S. planes pouring tons of napalm, phosphorus bombs, and fuel oil on a 19,000-acre section of Vietnam; in 1968 Lyndon Johnson agreed to negotiations with the Vietnamese, ordered a partial bombing halt in Vietnam, and withdrew from the presidential race; in 1980, President Carter signed the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act enacted by the Democratic Congress making usury (excessive interest) legal, overturning all state usury laws, allowing financial institutions to charge any interest rate they want, and repealing the power of the Federal Reserve Board under the Glass–Steagall Act to set maximum interest rates for any deposit accounts, thus turning the U.S. populace over to financial institutions that proceeded to hike interest rates to all time highs and ran the nation into a generation of credit card debt; in 1995, Latina star Selena was shot and killed in Corpus Christi.

Fighting for human rights on César Chávez Day
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-29-2016 Sparks Tribune and Reno Gazette-Journal

Reno Gazette-Journal online edition 3-28-2016



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César Chávez Celebration XIV
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 / Circus Circus - Reno
XIV Celebración del dia de César Chávez
Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016 / En Circus Circus - Reno

(Spanish version follows, hereinbelow)

50th Anniversary of The Long March remembered

RENO, Nevada, USA — Nevada César Chávez Celebration XIV happens Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Circus Circus Hotel-Casino in Reno. Mandalay Ballroom doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary long march from Delano to Sacramento.
Maria Zamora walked with César Chávez and thousands of others on the 340-mile trek which eventually resulted in the landmark California Farmer-Labor Act which granted field workers rights long-enjoyed by many others.

VETERANS — 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 of Chávez/UFWA memorabilia which she displayed at the 2004 Chávez Celebration. Ms. Zamora marched with César Chávez in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked across California. She traveled from California to attend the 2014 event. She weaved wonderful stories for the audience and Duet Eross (César Perez and Chriss Reyes) serenaded her with De Colores. As always, the Chávez family was well represented by Reno resident Ramon Chávez and his family. Tony Mayorga is the former President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a founding sponsor of the celebration. [Librado Chávez and a dozen family members attended the 2008-2011 events. They have been unable to attend recently due to the illness of Mrs. Chávez. We look forward to seeing them again soon.]

Sen. Omer Rains, D-Santa Barbara/Ventura, was a principal legislative leader of that fight. Now a longtime resident of Incline Village, he will speak Wednesday evening as will Ms. Zamora, who lived in Reno for many years.
A new honoree will be inducted into the César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame. Northern Nevada's union organizer, union employer and project of the year will also be announced.
Entertainment will be provided by the popular local duo known as Eross (César Perez and Chriss Reyes) as well as dancers from Ballet Folklorico de La Sierra.
Perez also produced new television commercials for the event featuring César Chávez speaking to workers during the Frontier Hotel Strike in Las Vegas and receiving the proclamation of Reno's first César Chávez Day from then-Mayor Pete Sferrazza in 1986.
They are airing on area Univision, UniMás and CW network affiliates sponsored by Laborers' International Union Local 169.
As always, members of César Chávez's immediate family will attend as well as federal, state and local officials.
Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.
Individual tickets are $80 per person; children under 12 are $ 25.00 each; seniors 65+ or students (with student i.d.) $40 each. Reserved tables for 10 are $795.00.
Tickets may be purchased online at CesarChavezNevada.com or by calling Andrew Barbano at (775) 786-1455.
The website has major sponsorship information as well as history and photos dating back to 1986 when César Chávez visited Reno to speak to workers.
He died in 1993. In 1994, President Clinton honored him with a posthumous Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award. The U.S. Postal Service issued a first class stamp in his honor in 2003.
In 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation for César Chávez Day. As a candidate in 2008, he endorsed making Chavez's birthday a national holiday.
Nevada law requires that the governor proclaim César Chávez Day every year. (Nevada Revised Statutes 236.027/AB301-Kihuen et al./2009). Gov. Brian Sandoval did not do so last year and has not done so as of today.
The City of Reno and Washoe County honored César Chávez with proclamations earlier this month.
¡Sí se puede! 
_________

XIV Celebración del dia de César Chávez
Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016 / Mandalay Ballroom En Circus Circus - Reno

Las puertas abren a las 5:30 p.m., La cena empezará a las 7:00 p.m.

Será recordada El Quincuagésimo Aniversario de la Larga Marcha  

En esta semana se conmemora el Quincuagésimo aniversario de la Legendaria Marcha de Delano a Sacramento 
Maria Zamora camino con César Chávez y miles de otros que caminaron 340 millas 
Que con el paso del tiempo resultó en el landmark California Farmer-Labor Act 
El cual le dio derechos a los trabajadores del campo que después han disfrutado muchos otros.
El Senador Omer Rains Democrata de la ciudad de Santa Barbara y Ventura, fue el legislador que tomó el liderazgo en esta lucha.
Ahora reside por mucho tiempo en la ciudad de Incline Village, el hablara este Miércoles con la señora Zamora, que vine en la ciudad de Reno por muchos años.
El nuevo homenajeado que se va a introducir en cuadro de Honor en esta celebración de Cesar  Chávez en Nevada.
Es un organizador empleado de la unión del norte de Nevada  y el proyecto del año también se anunciará.
El entretenimiento será proveído por el dúo popular conocido como Eross (Cesar Pérez y Chriss Reyes) al igual que los danzantes del Balet folklórico de la Sierra.
César Perez también producirá un nuevo comercial de televisión para promover el evento de César Chávez hablando a los trabajadores durante la huelga en Las Vegas y recibiendo la proclamación del primer día de César Chávez de las manos del Pete Sferrazza Alcalde en 1986.
Este anuncio estará en la cadena de Univision, UniMas y las redes afiliadas patrocinado por Laborers' International Union Local 169.
Como siempre participarán miembros inmediatos de la familia de Cesar Chávez  como políticos oficiales a nivel federal, estatal y local.
Se recomienda reservar su lugar por qué los lugares están limitados.
El boleto individual es $80 por persona; niños menores de 12 años $ 25.00 cada uno; personas de la tercera edad65+ Estudiantes con identificación de la escuela $40 cada uno. Mesas Reservadas para 10 personas $795.00.
Los boletos se pueden comprar en a CesarChavezNevada.com 
O llamando a Andrew Barbano  al (775) 786-1455.
La web aire tiene más información Así como Historia y fotos conmemorativas desde 1886 desde que César Chávez visito Reno para hablar con los trabajadores.
Él murió en 1993.
En 1994 el presidente Clinton lo condecoró con un homenaje póstumo dándole la Medalla de Libertad, es el más grande reconocimiento civil que se haya dado en toda la nación. El servicio postal emitió un timbre de primera clase en su honor en el 2003.
En el 2013, el Presidente Obama sometió la proclamación del Día de César Chávez. Cuando fue candidato en el 2008, el endoso para hacer que el día de su cumpleaños se hiciera un día Nacional de Reconocimiento.
La lee de Nevada requiere que el gobernador proclame el día de Cesar Chávez cada año. (Nevada Revised Statutes 236.027/AB301-Kihuen et al./2009).
El gobernador Brian Sandoval no lo ha endosado el año pasado ni hasta este momento.
La ciudad de Reno y el condado de Washoe honraron a Cesar Chávez con una proclamación en los primeros días de Marzo de este año.
¡Sí se puede! 

3-17-2016 Happy St. Patrick's Day!

EDITOR'S NOTE: It's rarely remembered but always worth mentioning that St. Patrick was a slave who later returned to minister to Ireland.

Poor Denny's Almanac — On March 17, 1876, in a search for Crazy Horse, the U.S. Army claimed to have accidentally attacked the wrong Lakota village in South Dakota and on the same day in Montana, General George Crook and his force attacked a Native American village on the Powder River, wiping out many inhabitants and destroying the village; in 1942, General John DeWitt, architect of the concentration camps for U.S. citizens in the west, issued an order making Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah a second military zone from which “enemy aliens” were barred (the coastal states plus Arizona had already been designated the first prohibited zone); in 1960, President Eisenhower approved a covert paramilitary plan, illegal under international law, to overthrow the government of Cuba; in 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento. (From Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac/PDA)

The César Chávez Long March
by Reno artist Erik Holland


The original watercolor was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

The Ides of March 2016: Washoe County Commission proclaims ¡Hail César!

 

Sponsorship and Online Ticket Purchase Information
30 March 2016
No increase in pricing for 2016

Miercoles, 30 de Marzo, 2016
Boletos e información

César Chávez Celebration XIV
Wednesday 30 March 2016

Circus Circus Reno

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
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CesarChavezNevada.com

RENO, Nevada, USA -- Nevada César Chávez Celebration XIV takes place on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Circus Circus Hotel-Casino in Reno. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.
As always, members of César Chávez's immediate family have been invited (and will attend) as well as federal, state and local officials.
Statewide nominations remain open for union organizer, employer and project of the year.
Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended.
Reserved tables for 10 are $725 if purchased on or before March 23 and $795.00 thereafter.
Individual tickets purchased on or before March 23 are $75 per person; thereafter or at the door, $80 per person; children under 12 are $ 25.00 each; seniors 65+ or students (with student i.d.) purchased on or before March 23 are $35 per person; $40 per person thereafter.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://CesarChavezNevada.com or by calling Andrew Barbano at (775) 786-1455.
The website has major sponsorship information as well as history and photos dating back to 1986 when César Chávez visited Reno to speak to workers.
He died in 1993.
¡Sí se puede! 

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish)

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Sponsorship and Online Ticket Purchase Information
30 March 2016

Celebración de César Chávez XIV
Miércol
es 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno

RENO, Nevada, USA – Celebración de César Chávez XIV en Nevada tomará lugar el día Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016 en el Hotel-Casino Circus Circus en Reno. Las puertas se abren a las 5:30 p.m., la cena a las 7:00 p.m.
Como siempre, la familia inmediata de César Chávez ha sido invitada, así también como los funcionarios electos a nivel federal, estatal y local.
Hay nominaciones que continúan abiertas para organizador sindicato, empleador, y proyecto del año.
El cupo es limitado y las reservaciones en avance son recomendadas.
Las mesas reservadas para 10 personas cuestan $725 si es que se compran en el día 23 de Marzo o antes y $795 después de esa fecha.
Boletos individuales que se compren el 23 de Marzo o antes cuestan $75 por persona; después de esa fecha o en la puerta, cuestan $80 por persona; los boletos para niños menores de 12 años cuestan $25 cada uno; los boletos que se compren para personas de 65 años o mas o para estudiantes (con identificación de estudiante) el 23 de Marzo o antes cuestan $35 por persona; si se compran después de esa fecha, cuestan $40 por persona.
Se pueden comprar boletos por el internet en el sitio web: http://CesarChavezNevada.com o llamando a Andrew Barbano al (775) 786-1455.
El sitio web tiene información sobre patrocinadores principales, y también sobre la historia y fotos desde el año 1986 cuando Cesar Chávez visito Reno para hablar con trabajadores.
El murió en el año 1993.

Boletos e información

3-15-2016: The Ides of March —> ¡Hail César!

7-15-1986: César Chávez came to Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit

 

2015 HIGHLIGHTS

Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, delivered the keynote address. UNR student-activist and Occupy Carson City leader Janette Dean circulated petitions in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (SJR 16), introduced by Kihuen, Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-N. Las Vegas, and six other Democrats.

César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall-of-Famer and United Auto Workers member George "Battling" Nelson circulated petitions supporting a posthumous presidential pardon for the great heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. Nelson read a letter of endorsement from former Washoe County D.A. and District Judge Mills Lane and his family. Retired world-class referee Lane has been inducted in the national boxing hall of fame.

AWARDS: Savage and Son, Inc., was honored as union employer of the year. Building & Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada and Reno City Councilmember Paul McKenzie presented retiring Laborers' Union Local 169 President Tony Mayorga with a labor educator lifetime achievement award.

Revenge, redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
Plus more highlights from César XIII
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 4-7-2015 Sparks Tribune

Watch this site for more information covering the event.


News / Noticias

3-15-2016: The Ides of March —> ¡Hail César!

Harry Reid, Eddy Arnold, César Chávez and Gaga Madonna
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-31-2015 Sparks Tribune

 

César Chávez fought for the dignity of work
by Tony Mayorga
Guest Commentary / Reno Gazette-Journal / 3-31-2015


Tony Mayorga
(Español)

More than two decades after he left us, César Chávez's message resonates ever louder even as negative voices gather power.

A year before Chávez died, James Carville remembered what his own father once taught him.

"Outside of a person's love, the most sacred thing that they can give is their labor," Carville said, "and somehow or another along the way, we tend to forget that."

At his most basic level, César Chávez lived and labored to upgrade the dignity of work.

Recent decades have witnessed a withering assault against the eight-hour day, the 40-hour week, overtime pay, pensions, workplace safety and many other protections for which Chávez and his predecessors fought, were oppressed and sometimes died.

Alarmingly, Nevada is attempting to quickly approach this sad new normal.

How many times have we recently heard about Nevada's need for an efficient, well-educated workforce? At the same time, how often have we heard that employees both public and private should be willing to work for a lot less?

Good education and good paychecks constitute money well spent, but our children increasingly feel whip-sawed by their elders.

They are ordered to excel in high school and college, even to the point of incurring long-term crippling debt, then disrespected for desiring a decent day's pay for a hard day's work.

Even the minimum wage has been morphed into a Trojan horse. Some in Carson City now tout their generosity advocating a raise to $9.00 per hour. Had the 1968 minimum of $1.60 been indexed for inflation, it would stand at $10.79 today. (The buying power of the dollar peaked in 1968.)

At the height of the recent depression, the Northern Nevada Laborers Union Training Trust invested $2 million constructing a major training center.

I have schooled thousands of my fellow union members in a wide range of skilled disciplines: pipelaying, demolition, masonry, concrete, asbestos abatement, safety, traffic control, pavement marking, asphalt raking and other specialized skills.

This is hard and sometimes dangerous work.

What am I to tell my apprentices? How should teachers and professors advise their students? Work hard but prepare to have your honest labor devalued in the name of corporate PR buzzwords like "flexibility" and "efficiency"?

When the value of your work is depressed, so is your entire community. Everyone's paycheck is based on benchmarks set by the area's skilled trades. (Websearch the research of noted economists James Medoff and Richard Freeman.)

César Chávez was right.

Enhancement of the dignity of work benefits everyone. Diminished, the entire society gets dragged downward.

Tuesday evening at Circus Circus, we celebrate César Chávez's message on his 88th birthday, César Chávez Day in Nevada.

Chávez's work continues.

Talk loud. Walk proud.

_______________
Tony Mayorga serves as president and apprenticeship coordinator for Laborers' International Union Local 169.


The Ides of March 2016: Washoe County Commission again proclaims ¡Hail César!

March 31, 2016, would have been César Chávez's 89th birthday.


3-24-2015 — Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung reads the official César Chávez Day proclamation
Photo at left (left to right): Commissioners Vaughn Hartung, Jeanne Herman and Marsha Berkbigler, Ramón Chávez, Commissioners Kitty Jung and Bob Lucey


Long before he gained international fame, César Chávez visited northern Nevada farm workers and last spoke in northern Nevada on July 15, 1986, the first Reno César Chávez Day.

In his later years, he frequently rallied workers in Las Vegas. He died at age 66 in 1993 and was honored with a U.S. Postal Service First Class Stamp in 2003. The Las Vegas City Council approved "Camino César Chávez" as a ceremonial name on Pecos Road in 2014.

Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, principal sponsor of the César Chávez Day Law (Nevada Revised Statutes 236.027/AB301—Kihuen et al./2009), was born in Mexico and has delivered the keynote address several times.

He says Circus Circus serves authentic Mexican food (and he oughtta know).

Find out for yourself. Please take the time to join us if you can.

Thank you.


César Chávez Celebration XIV / Celebración de César Chávez XIV

Wednesday 30 March 2016 / Miércoles 30 de Marzo 2016
Circus Circus Reno Mandalay Ballroom

Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 7:00 p.m.



COLLECTORS' ITEM — The Reno, Nevada, first-day cancellation César Chávez first class postage stamp. Envelope art by Brian Bird, promotions director of Azteca KUVR TV-68 and KREN TV-27 in northern Nevada. (April 24, 2003, Reno Main Post Office.)

 

UPDATED 22 AUGUST 2014 01:07 a.m. PDT, 08:07 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT —> On this date in 1966, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, now the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), was formed from a merger of the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and became a powerful tool for the advancement of Latinos under the leadership of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. (Courtesy Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2014)

OCTOBER, 1969 — César Chávez, right, and Walter Reuther, center, at the dedication of the United Farm Workers new headquarters in Delano, Calif. The buildings were dedicated to Reuther's late younger brother, Roy. The Reuther-led United Auto Workers were instrumental in acquiring the land and funding for the "The 40 Acres," as the site was known. The man at left was on a picket line for five years and may or may not be a Chávez relative. Anyone who can identify him, please contact me.(Photo courtesy of George "Battling" Nelson, UAW Local 2162 Retirees and 2013 César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Hall of Fame Honoree.)

Las Vegas council approves “Camino Cesar Chavez” ceremonial name on Pecos Road
By Jane Ann Morrison / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-7-2014

From Poor Denny's Almanac for Cinco de Mayo 2014: On this date in 2012, at Barrio Logan, the Navy cargo ship U.S.N.S. César Chávez was christened.

Banqueters cry: Hail, César
By Prof. Jake Highton
Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune

César Estrada Chávez was born March 31, 1927

Join the campaign for a César Chávez national holiday
Sign the petition

¡Sí se puede!

César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Honorees & Hall of Famers


The César Chávez Long March
by Reno artist Erik Holland


The original watercolor was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.


2016 Sponsorship and ticket prices
Previous sponsors and ticketholders will be given preference.
2017 prices will be posted here shortly. Thank you.

MAJOR SPONSORSHIPS

PLATINUM $ 8,500 (Only one of two remains available.)

  • Sponsorship of Nevada Labor Hall of Fame César Chávez Awards
  • Inclusion on all mass media
  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Major sponsorship credit on all media
  • Logo and links at the César Chávez section at NevadaLabor.com
  • Event onsite credit: Wall banner; distribution of literature and display table if needed; event program credit and recognition from the podium.

GOLD: $ 6,500

  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Half of Platinum Package spot schedule
  • Logo and links at the César Chávez section at NevadaLabor.com
  • Event onsite credit: Wall banner; distribution of literature and display table if needed; event program credit and recognition from the podium.

SILVER: $1,950

  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Sponsorship credit on event program
  • Mass media promotional inclusion as available
  • Logo and links at the César Chávez section at NevadaLabor.com

BRONZE and BRONZEx2: Reserved Table for 10

  • Purchased on or before March 23, 2016: $ 725.00
  • Purchased after March 23: $ 795.00
  • BRONZEx2 —> Buy 2 and save $100 for your organization
    On or before March 23, 2 Tables for 10 @ $ 675 per table = $1,350.00 for 2
    Purchased March 23 or thereafter, 2 @ $ 750 each = $ 1,500.00 for 2

Individual Tickets

Purchased on or before March 23, 2016: $ 75 per person

Thereafter or at the door: $ 80 per person


Seniors 65+ or students (with student i.d.)
     Purchased on or before March 23: $ 35 per person
     Thereafter or at the door: $ 40 per person

      Children under 12: $ 25.00

     If you cannot attend or send representatives, please consider purchasing tickets which we will donate with your compliments to students, seniors and those of limited resources.

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César Chávez Celebration XIV
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      César E. Chávez was born on March 31, 1927, on a small farm near Yuma, Arizona. At 10 years of age, he 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.
       César 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.

MARCH COUNTDOWN TO CHÁVEZ DAY

On March 10, 1968, Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-NY, 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.

On March 17, 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento.

On March 31, 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Ariz.

New 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.'"

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac]


César Chávez Celebration IV
March 31, 2005

VETERANS — 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 of Chávez/UFWA memorabilia which she displayed at the 2004 Chávez Celebration. Ms. Zamora marched with César Chávez in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked across California. She traveled from California to attend the 2014 event. She weaved wonderful stories for the audience and Duet Eross (César Perez and Chriss Reyes) serenaded her with De Colores. As always, the Chávez family was well represented by Reno resident Ramon Chávez and his family. Tony Mayorga is President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a founding sponsor of the celebration. [Librado Chávez and a dozen family members attended the 2008-2011 events. They have been unable to attend recently due to the illness of Mrs. Chávez. We look forward to seeing them again soon. ]


When 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 with César'."

     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 example calls.

— Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac
Used by permission.



      UFW FLAG ART presented by César Chávez to Reno Musicians Union Local 368 Secretary-Treasurer Beth Shay at Reno César 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.

¿Quién fue César Chávez?

"Una de las figuras heróicas de nuestros tiempos"
—Senador Robert F. Kennedy, D-NY




Blasts from the past

Reno César Chávez Day XIII
March 31, 2015

Reno César Chávez Day XII
March 31, 2014

Reno César Chávez Day XI
March 28, 2013

Reno César Chávez Day X
March 31, 2012

Reno César Chávez Day IX
March 31, 2011

Reno César Chávez Day VIII
March 31, 2010

Reno César Chávez Day VII
March 31, 2009

Reno César Chávez Day VI
March 31, 2008

Reno César Chávez Day V
March 31, 2006

Reno César Chávez Day IV
March 31, 2005

Reno César Chávez Day III
March 31, 2004

Reno César Chávez Day II
March 31, 2003

Reno César Chávez Day I
July 15, 1986