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LAUSD Supports Efforts To Make Chavez Birthday A Holiday PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 05:00

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board is joining efforts to make the March 31 birthday of Cesar Chavez a national holiday. Board members Mónica García, Mónica Ratliff and Tamar Galatzan cosponsored a resolution to honor “the life and legacy of a true American hero, Cesar E. Chavez, who was a passionate advocate for poor farm workers.”

The measure, passed unanimously by the board during its March 5 meeting, recommends teachers to explore his nonviolent achievements and encourages students to perform community service on Cesar Chavez Day. The district currently closes it’s schools in observance of Chavez’s birthday except at Bell High, a year round school, and its education centers.

This year they will be closed on March 31. “Today, the LAUSD salutes the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez,” García said. “Our children will learn of the courage to fight for social justice and for our larger community.

President Obama, hear the Chavez call to make March 31, a national day of service.” To celebrate his work and those he helped or inspired, the resolution also urged sending a message to President Obama to declare a national day of service for Chavez by signing an online petition called takepart.com/ Chavez.

During the board meeting, Mexican actor, Diego Luna, who has directed a new film titled “Cesar Chavez,” declared his support in English and Spanish. “We were inspired by his work, and everyone around him.

He was a fantastic man with his great message of nonviolence.

This is a story that can inspire not just Latinos but everyone.” Cristina Graham Sandoval, education director of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, said, “Today, the foundation, which Cesar began in the1960’s under a different name, continues aiding farm workers and many Latino and other poor working families in the communities where they live.” She added, “Youth service contributes to academic success, reinforces civic responsibility, develops young people, builds stronger communities, and important community service is performed.”

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Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 17:00