Caesar Chavez holds a special place in Joe Biden’s office
(CNN) – The decor of the Oval Office changed rapidly after the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday. On the walls with figures like Andrew Jackson Now there are portraits Founding fathers and explosives of civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the newest exhibitions close to the collection of personal photos: Mexican-American bust and Farm labor leader Caesar Chavez.
“It really speaks to the contribution and importance of the work of our community. Immigrants have continued to give to this country even in the most difficult moments,” his son, Paul Chavez, president and chairman of the Caesar Chavez Foundation, told CNN in an interview.
Caesar Chavez drew public attention to the plight of Latin immigrants in the 1960s and 1970s and workers harvesting crops in the United States. His Preservation This led to better pay for farm workers, lunch breaks, and access to toilets and clean water at work.
Born in 1927, Chavez said Joined the Navy As a young man, he worked two years before becoming a social activist and organizer. In 1962, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers ‘Union, which later merged to form the United Farm Workers’ Union.
During the Delano grape strike in 1965, Chavez and his union joined the Philippine American farm workers in opposing the poor pay and treatment of workers. In 1968, Chavez went on a hunger strike for more than two weeks, according to Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The culmination of a meeting with Kennedy was because he was horrified by the working conditions he had promised to support and support Chavez. The Initiatives of labor groups They finally won.
Chavez, a lifelong defender of workers’ rights, died in 1993. The following year, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal.
President Barack Obama க .ரவிக்கப்பட்டார் During his reign, Chavez declared March 31, Caesar Chavez Day, his birthday. The Chavez movement’s cry was “Yes we can!” – and its translation, “Yes we can!” It became the motto of the Obama-Biden campaign on its way to victory in the 2008 presidential election.
‘We believe this is the beginning of a new day’
Paul Chavez continues the mission proposed by his father today, helping newcomers to the United States, as well as families and descendants who have lived in the country for decades. His Foundation Focuses on affordable housing, education programs, social service and labor rights throughout the Southwest.
The Foundation has a series of radio stations broadcasting in English and Spanish. As with the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, information from medical professionals and local leaders on how to deal with Covit-19 infection and how to register for vaccines is a regular feature.
“We made sure our listeners understood that the plight of African Americans is the plight of the Latin community,” Chavez told CNN. “Although we may have come from different backgrounds, we share the same situation, share the same dreams.”
Chavez noted the toxicity of the previous government for Latinos and immigrants: “We have heard disparaging things about our community over the past four years, we all came here yesterday and they will believe we are doing things we should not be doing here.
He spoke of the long-standing patriotism of the community and responded to calls for service and work that were often not filled by other Americans. “Many times, we are considered second-class citizens, so it is a reminder to the people of the contributions and importance that our community and immigrants bring to the betterment of this community,” he added.
Now, with Caesar Chavez’s bust, behind the resolution desk, his son believes that initiatives such as immigration reform will be at the forefront of the new administration’s goals.
“We rejoice in having bust,” Paul said, focusing less on the direct respect given to his father, instead of referring to what “my father meant to a people who spent his entire life supporting and empowering”.
“It represents the hope and aspirations of a community as a whole, the beginning of a new day, a new dawn in which the contributions of all Americans can be appreciated and appreciated.”
CNN’s John King, Cindy Y. Rodriguez and Nicole Chavez contributed to the report.