LOS ANGELES, CA – LA County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion on establishing a National Historical Park interpreting the life of César E. Chávez and the non-violent farm labor movement:
“Last week, we celebrated and honored the legacy of labor leader and civil rights advocate César E. Chávez, a man who changed the course of history for Latinos and farmworkers by empowering them to fight for fair wages, health care, pension benefits, safe and secure housing, pesticide and health regulations, and countless other protections for their health and wellbeing. Working alongside my mentor, Dolores Huerta, they founded the United Farm Workers. Together, the United Farm Workers formed a labor movement that paved the way for a federal minimum wage, safe working conditions, and reasonable work hours. So upon being elected to Congress, one of the very first bills I introduced directed the National Park Service to initiate a historical resource study relating to Cesar’s life and the Farm Labor Movement ─ so we could create a place for all Latinos and Americans to learn about and honor the work of César and the farm labor movement. Each year I was re-elected, I re-introduced the bill. It always passed the House, but it unfortunately stalled in the Senate. Yet, I never gave up because César taught us never to back down. Finally, in 2008, my bill was passed and four years later, thanks to President Barack Obama, the César E. Chávez National Monument was established at Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz in Keene, California on October 8, 2012. The establishment of a new National Historic Park represents a necessary step in our collective efforts to preserve his legacy. And my motion today sends an important message that the County recognizes and values the leadership, personal sacrifices, and commitment to non-violence that defined the life of Cesar.”
The motion approved today directs the County’s Chief Executive Office’s Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Division to send a five-signature letter to Senator Alex Padilla and Congressman Raul Ruiz, with a copy to the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation, in support of legislation to establish a National Historical Park interpreting the life of César E. Chávez and the non-violent farm worker movement.
To view the full motion, click here.