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What is Cesar Chavez Day in the US and where will the holiday be?

“Born in a context of poverty and raised by migrant workers, César Chávez dedicated his life to improving the conditions of workers in the country”, with this phrase in part of the speech, the president of the United States of America, Joe Biden, said that March 31 was declared a day of service and education in his honor legendary Mexican-American activists.

The official proclamation was given in 2014 by then President Barack Obama. The commemoration is based on a birthday. “On César Chávez Day, we celebrate the legacy of a champion of social justice and the determination of those who continue to carry out his work today,” wrote the labor leader’s grandson, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, in a 2015 article.

President Barack Obama announced the former family of activists packed on March 31 César Chávez DayPete Souza / The White House

Although it is not a federal holiday, the state of California, where he spent most of his life, decided to suspend work to commemorate the legacy of the National Association of Firm Workers, which later became the United States Firm Workers.

Since the resolution, passed in 2000, the day off is given to students from the elementary level in the schools of San Francisco and Oakland, the University of California, and many other schools and institutions. Government offices, courthouses and libraries across California are also taking a public holiday in honor of the activist’s memorial.

After President Obama’s 2014 declaration, the authorities in Colorado and Texas also recognized César Chávez as an optional holiday, while other states, such as Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wisconsin and Washington, have no suspension of action. but some public works are usually established to remember that the leader changed the lives of many people.

Sculpture located in César Chávez Plaza in downtown Sacramento, CaliforniaCarol Highsmith / Library of Congress

He was born on March 31, 1927, César Estrada Chávez, a leader of labor and civil rights activists who in 1962 co-founded the National Association of Firm Workers with Dolores Huerta. The organization successfully fought companies that worked to pay their employees low and work in poor conditions, according to their official biography made by the California Department of Education.

Throughout his life, Chavez worked tirelessly for the rights of immigrant workers. organized demonstrations demanding equal pay, better working conditions, health insurance and retirement benefits. He attacked the farms in California and also took efforts to pass laws against those who worked in the fields.

One of the greatest victories of César Chávez’s activism was the passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act in 1975, which allowed workers to organize and bargain collectively with their employers. He received many awards for his life, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which distinguishes him as a symbol of progress within the immigrant community in the United States.

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