Resolution J1136-2013

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the death of Cesar E. Chavez, United Farm Workers Crusader



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the death
of Cesar E. Chavez, United Farm Workers Crusader

WHEREAS, Our nation is a symbol of democracy, peace, freedom and justice
born out of the many men and women who  have  fought  for  and  died  to
preserve it; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative  Body  to  join
with  the  Mexican-American community in commemorating the 20th Anniver-
sary of the death of Cesar E. Chavez, United Farm Workers Crusader; and
  WHEREAS, The purpose of this commemoration is to observe the life  and
legacy  which Cesar E. Chavez left behind, not only for the farm workers
in the United States, but also to all those who believe in the non-viol-
ent struggle for civil rights and human dignity; and
  WHEREAS, Cesar E. Chavez, of humble origins, and of Mexican parentage,
was born in Yuma, Arizona, and was raised in  the  midst  of  the  farms
which  many  Mexicans  tilled  and  worked  for in bringing agricultural
products to our tables; and
  WHEREAS, Cesar Chavez was known for his  keen  leadership  style,  his
non-violent  stance,  and his constant struggle to protect the rights of
farm workers in California and throughout the United States; and
  WHEREAS, Between 1952 and 1962, Cesar Chavez worked for the  Community
Service  Organization;  when  they  refused  to organize farm workers in
1962, he left and co-founded the United Farm Workers with Dolores  Huer-
ta; the bylaws were approved by the AFL-CIO in 1966; and
  WHEREAS, Cesar Chavez represents, for many people, a humble role model
and at the same time, demonstrates powerful convictions; his boycotts of
grapes and other products raised consciousness about the life and strug-
gles  of farm workers, their needs and desires for a quality of life and
education; and
  WHEREAS, Cesar Chavez's motto, "Si Se Puede" translated "Yes We  Can,"
is a reflection of this commitment; and
  WHEREAS, Like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez
believed  in  and carried out his struggle adhering to the principles of
non-violence; his many acts of protest and, particularly, fasting served
to unify the workers, alert America to the  dangers  of  pesticides  and
stimulate the conscience and support of many in our Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  The  family of the State of New York commemorates and honors
Cesar Chavez as a champion of democracy and  human  rights;  his  legacy
remains  in  the  hearts and minds of many, but not nearly as much as in
the workers and members of the United Farm Workers of America, which  he
founded  and  has,  since his death on April 23, 1993, grown from 20,000
members to approximately 27,000 members; and
  WHEREAS, It is fitting that New York, with a history rich in campaigns
and battles for civil, labor and human rights, joins in honoring a great
leader -- Cesar E. Chavez; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the death of Cesar E. Chavez, United
Farm Workers Crusader; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the  family  of  Cesar E. Chavez and to the Cesar E. Chavez


Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.


blog comments powered by Disqus