ADOPTED - MARCH 8, 2005
Agenda Item No. 6
Introduced by the County Services Committee of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
RESOLUTION DECLARING MARCH 31, 2005 AS ACESAR E. CHAVEZ DAY@
IN INGHAM COUNTY
WHEREAS, the late Cesar E. Chavez developed and lived by a unique blend of values, philosophy and styles; and
WHEREAS, throughout his youth and into his adulthood, Cesar migrated across the southwest laboring in the fields and vineyards where he was exposed to the hardships and injustices of farm worker life; and
WHEREAS, his life as a community organizer began in 1952 when he joined the Community Service Organization (CSO), a prominent Latino civil rights group, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he served as the national director; and
WHEREAS, his dream was to create an organization to protect and serve farm workers, whose poverty and disenfranchisement he had shared, in 1962, Cesar resigned from the CSO, and founded what is now known as the United Farm Workers of America; and
WHEREAS, for more than three decades Cesar led the first successful farm workers union in American history serving hundreds of thousands of farm workers; and
WHEREAS, he led successful strikes and boycotts that resulted in the first industry-wide labor contracts and the efforts of his union brought about the passage of the groundbreaking 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act to protect farm workers; and
WHEREAS, on April 23, 1993, Cesar Chavez, a true American hero, died of natural causes in San Luis, Arizona shortly before he was scheduled to appear in Lansing.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners hereby honors the memory of Cesar E. Chavez, an extraordinary Mexican-American, Labor Leader and role model, and declares March 31, 2005 as ACesar E. Chavez Day@ in Ingham County.
COUNTY SERVICES: Yeas: Celentino, Copedge, Schor, Vickers
Nays: None Absent: De Leon and Severino Approved 3/1/05