Skip to comments.Obama to designate Chavez home as nat'l monument
Posted on 10/06/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
KEENE, Calif. (AP) Maria Ybarra's trailer is one of two left on the property that for over two decades was home to Latino labor leader Cesar Chavez and farmworkers like Ybarra who made up his movement.
Today, the foothills of the Tehachapi mountains continue to house the United Farm Workers of America headquarters and memorials to Chavez, though farmworkers no longer live there.
On Monday, during a campaign swing through California, President Barack Obama will designate 105 acres of the property as a national monument within the National Park system a move that could help shore up support from Hispanic and progressive voters before the election.
As head of the UFW, the Arizona-born Chavez staged a massive grape boycott and countless field strikes, and forced growers to sign contracts providing better pay and working conditions to the predominantly Latino farmworkers. He was credited with inspiring millions of other Latinos in their fight for more educational opportunities, better housing and more political power.
The 187-acre site, known as Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or simply La Paz, served as the planning and coordination center of the UFW starting in 1971. It's where Chavez and many organizers lived, trained and strategized before heading into the fields and cities of California and beyond. Chavez taught farmworkers how to write contracts and negotiate with growers.
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This is a joke, RIGHT?
How low will Barry go? What a fraud.
I almost thought Chavez meant Hugo. Just as bad though.
It’s political payback to all those farm workers for picking and sending all those wonderful fruits and vegetables to Michelle’s school children.
Another government land grab.
Get your Chavez right here.
Great Minds Think Alike
Caesar Chavez is a union goon. It is false history to compare him to MLK.
Will they still be able to use the land since it will become a taxpayer funded public park?
One last desperate “look-at-me” stab at getting a few more
Hispanic votes. Obama’s gonna be surprised when he finds out
none of them even know who Cesar Chavez was, or remember him.
He’ll have to tell them, which of course will provide the opportunity for a “shout-out” if not another speech.
What a bunch of crappola!
Caesar Chavez, he’s that guy who invented the taco wagon, right? A lot of cities named boulevards after him in honor of the food cart.
Chavez was probably more Pro-American than today’s union leaders. Chavez was dead set against illegal aliens for obvious reasons.
Is this a joke? He gave his so called people outhouses while he lived like a king.
Will that become a landmark too?
Nah ... it doesn't fit the narrative
I remember in English 101 we had an assignment that covered the pro’s and con’s of illegal immigration. Well one of the students focused on Cesar Chavez and she believed he was pro-illegals..I summarily destroyed her. She was shocked to learn that Cesar would go to the border and actively try and prevent illegals from crossing. While his politics overall were probably liberal he isn’t like these modern goons who sell out their companies to foreign interests so they could get more union dues from overseas.