A leader for a livable Future – Happy Cesar Chavez Day

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

It wasn’t until I moved to San Francisco after college that I found out who Cesar Chavez was. Being from Pennsylvania, where his birthday is not celebrated as a state holiday, perhaps I knew his name, but certainly not his legacy as a leader and organizer for farm workers rights.  But in California, where his birthday, March 31st is celebrated as a holiday and where street signs bear his name, I learned of his great achievements.  Most notably, Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (now United Farm Workers) in 1962.  A tireless activist for human rights, farm workers rights and civil rights throughout his life, Chavez promoted ideas for a Livable Future though non-violence, education and service. He helped give a voice to farm workers, who “… till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance” and “have nothing left for themselves.”

While California was the first state to put his birthday, March 31st, on the books as a State Holiday to honor his many achievements, it is only one of 8 to do so.  Since Maryland is one of the 42 that don’t, I probably would have forgotten that last week would have been Chavez’s  83rd birthday, had it not been for my trusty twitter feed to alert me that President Obama has honored the original Si se puede chanter with a nationally recognized holiday. Read More >