03.31.21

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Honors the Legacy of Activist and Labor Leader César Chávez

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) released the following statement celebrating César Chávez’ life and legacy in recognition of his birthday, which is celebrated as a California state holiday on March 31:

“On César Chávez Day, we honor an icon and a leader in the fight for equal rights and the dignity of working people. César made a difference not only for Latinos and migrant workers, but for all working people in this country, building a coalition of conscience across racial and economic boundaries. 

“César was a dear friend to me, and I’m filled with pride for all he did for the world, our country and the state of California. Today, on what would have been his 94th birthday, we celebrate César’s commitment to justice and reflect on his courage to help guide us through the challenges of this pandemic and economic crisis. 

“We must also recognize the struggles that continue today for our nation’s frontline workers who are risking their lives to keep our communities safe. They deserve fair wages, safe working conditions, hazard pay, time with family, paid sick leave, and to be treated with dignity and respect. 

“Today and every day, it is up to us to carry on César’s work to ensure the respect and safety of all working people in this country and never give up on the fight for justice.”