• 19th Annual

    César Chávez March and Assembly

    March 29, 2012
     
     

    Introduction

    The California Department of Education has declared March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day.  To celebrate, on March 29, 2012, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District will host a march and speech and poster contests honoring his life and achievements.  The contests are intended to foster knowledge of and appreciation for this influential figure and to advance students’ speaking and artistic skills. All students are encouraged to apply.  Each student may enter the speech and/or the poster contest.

     

    Background

    Cesar Chavez was a great Mexican-American labor leader who changed for the better the lives of thousands of migrant farm workers. Prior to Cesar, entire families, mostly of Mexican descent, would follow the crops from farm to farm, city to city and state to state and lived in dilapidated and crowded shacks or in abandoned railroad box cars brought in by the growers. The workers who performed back breaking work from sun-up to sun-down were paid meager wages and had absolutely no medical or other employment benefits.

     

    Cesar Chavez accomplished what others before him could not do. He organized the farm workers into a powerful union that was then able to bargain collectively for better wages and working conditions.  Today schools, streets, and parks are named in his memory.  Monuments, murals, and even a U.S. postal stamp have been designed in his honor. 

     

    “There’s no turning back…we will win.  We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart…”