WASHINGTON, DC -- The House of Representatives approved H.R. 359, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) to honor Cesar E. Chavez. This legislation authorizes the U.S. Department of Interior to study lands important in the life of Cesar Chavez for possible inclusion into the National Park System. Currently there is no single unit of the National Park System dedicated to Latinos.
“Chavez’s work to protect health, the environment and workers’ rights paved the way for me and many others to stand up for greater equality, to be courageous and to bring justice to those who cannot achieve it themselves,” said Solis. “I am proud that the House recognized the importance of honoring his work and diversifying our National Park System by passing this legislation. I hope through this effort that future generations better understand the importance of sacrifice and improving the lives of others.”
Chavez was born near Yuma, Ariz., and grew up in migrant labor camps where he suffered from the poverty of a migrant worker’s life. He tirelessly dedicated his life to championing the rights of farm laborers and all workers. Chavez is best known for his humility and strength in his peaceful fight to help farm workers attain social justice and freedom from exposure to poisonous chemicals, poor housing, discrimination, low wages and limited education opportunities. Along with Dolores Huerta, Chavez founded the United Farm Workers, an organization dedicated to garnering better wages, working conditions and respect for farm workers.
"H.R. 359 is a powerful vehicle to introduce a new generation of Americans to the life of Cesar Chavez and the history of farm labor movement," said United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez. "Honoring sites in Arizona, California, and other states associated with his
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