In a ceremony taking place at the White House, President Barack Obama honored political and cultural icon Dolores Huerta with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Fifty years ago in 1962, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta founded the United Farm Workers, the nation’s largest farm workers’ union.
Nearly a year and a half in the making, the USNS Cesar Chavez is ready to set sail.
Dolores Huerta, the civil rights, workers and women’s advocate who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America in 1962, was named one of 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Friday.
The White House has honored farmworker and activist Rogelio Lona as one of ten leaders being recognized as Champions of Change who, like Cesar Chavez, have dedicated their lives to improving their community and the nation.
A group of Democratic Senators sent a letter to Navy leadership supporting the naming of a ship after legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez. The letter assigned on by fifteen U.S. Senators including Leader Reid. The letter called out conservative critics of the naming saying that they "...show a disappointing lack of knowledge of the standards and traditions that are such an important part of United States Navy history."
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) disagrees with the Navy's decision to name a cargo ship under construction in San Diego for California farm labor leader Cesar Chavez.
The $600-million project would be on the National Mall as part of the Smithsonian Institution. Supporters hope to highlight contributions of Spanish-speaking people to more than 500 years of American history — but not everyone's happy with the location.
One component of immigration reform that is considered to be the most "sellable" point is the guest worker aspect. Non-skilled immigrant labor is brought in on H2-A visas to perform temporary farm labor. This industry has always been in the forefront of attracting immigrant labor. According to a 2009 immigration factsheet: In an industry that produces 3 million agricultural jobs a year, less than 2 percent of the U.S. workforce engages in farmwork.
Local high school groups were recognized Thursday by CSU for promoting diversity and building leadership among Latino students in the Poudre School District. One group and one teacher from Fort Collins, Fossil Ridge, Poudre and Rocky Mountain high schools were honored with a Cesar Chavez award for showing dedication to building leadership skills among Latino students at a ceremony at the Colorado State University Lory Student Center.
Chavez transformed the lives of thousands of farm workers across the country. Though he was small in stature — standing only 5 feet 6 inches tall — his reach was enormous.