Posted: March 23, 2000
Al Rojas, a former top aide to Cesar Chavez, will speak at California State University, Sacramento during an event commemorating the life of the United Farm Workers leader.
The Cesar Chavez Unity Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 31 in the University Union Orchard Room.
The event is being held at a time when California legislators are considering adopting a statewide holiday recognizing Chavez. If approved, Senate Bill 984 would establish a required holiday for public schools, community colleges as well as a paid holiday for state employees. The California Senate has voted in favor of the bill. It is now before the Assembly.
Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, now the UFW, in 1962. He is credited with improving wages and working conditions for thousands of California Latinos. Chavez died in April of 1993.
Cesar Chavez Unity Celebration highlights include music and a poetry reading in English and Spanish by student group Califaz and the half-hour documentary The Life of Cesar Chavez. CSUS bilingual and multicultural education professor Duane Campbell, who worked alongside Chavez for eight years, will also speak during the event.
More information is available by calling Duane Campbell on campus at (916) 278-6618. Media information is available from the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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