During Tuesday's San Joaquin County Board of Supervisor's meeting, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar urged the Board of Supervisors to include Cesar Chavez Day as a recognized holiday for San Joaquin County. Cesar Chavez Day is a national and state commemorative holiday celebrating the life and work of civil rights activist Cesar Estrada Chavez, yet not included for the residents of San Joaquin County.
Stockton, California is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, with nearly 50% of the population with Latin heritage or descent. In her comments to the board, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar asked for the day to be a true holiday for the county. "The Latinx community deserves to be recognized in this manner. Cesar Chavez Day offers a stark reminder of the inequalities the Latinx community faces, and to acknowledge the groundbreaking activism by Cesar Chavez to give a voice to an otherwise unrepresented heritage should be celebrated."
Cesar Chavez Day has been observed in California since 1995 and was nationally recognized by President Obama in 2014. Known for his activism in regard to the Mexican American labor movement, Cesar Chavez was a leader, educator, and changed the conversation surrounding farm workers. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with fellow labor movement activist Dolores Huerta and focused efforts on equal rights for farm workers, laborers, and those in the Latinx community alike.
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