'Cesar Chavez'

Why We Need a Cesar Chavez National Day of Service

Today we remember Chavez not just as a champion for workers' rights, but as an American hero. On March 31 we honor his legacy and commitment to lending a voice to the voiceless on Cesar Chavez Day, but we seek to take this a step further to a full Day of Service. This day will serve not just to honor and remember the great work of Cesar Chavez, but to continue his central mission: that when workers are treated fairly, everybody benefits. 

Join us in urging the President to declare March 31 as the Cesar Chavez National Day of Service.

Cesar Chavez National Day of Service

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About the Petition

Cesar Chavez rose from grinding poverty, prejudice and abuse as a migrant farm worker to begin the first successful farm workers’ union in American history. Senator Robert F. Kennedy even called Cesar Chavez “one of the heroic figures of our time.” He led farm workers in strikes, marches and protests. Millions rallied to La Causa, the cause, by boycotting grapes and other products. He fasted for nonviolence and against toxic pesticides.

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About the Pledge

Everyone deserves safe food and a safe workplace. The best way to ensure both is to produce food that has integrity, from farm to fork. By training and empowering farmworkers and growers to reduce food safety risks and pesticide use, and improving working conditions in the fields, we can create higher levels of assurance that add value throughout the fresh produce system.

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