Markey Joins Sens. Menendez, Schumer Lead Commemorative Resolution in Honor of Cesar Chavez
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In observance of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Latino leader, labor champion and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez, U.S Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) introduced a Senate resolution last night to honor his life and legacy. This resolution was also cosponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-V.T.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (D-V.T.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass).
The full text of the resolution can be found here.
César Chávez Chavez was born 90 years ago, on March 31, 1927, in Arizona to poor migrant farm workers. Following the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., in 1962 Cesar Chavez co-founded the first successful farm workers union in the United States -- the United Farm Workers (UFW) to campaign for safe and fair working conditions, reasonable wages, decent housing, and the outlawing of child labor. He inspired hope in these workers through his timeless rallying catchphrase, "Sí Se Puede." Cesar E. Chavez was a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize during his lifetime and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 8, 1994.