César Chávez Commemoration

The César Chávez Commemoration is a citywide effort to honor César Chávez by emphasizing Service Learning and Environmental Justice. The commemorative period begins on the Spring Equinox, the traditional beginning of the planting season, and extends to the anniversary of his passing.

César Chávez related events

Date Title Location
9/27/2014 Dolores Huerta: Passing the Torch on to the next Generation Berkeley



FOUR VIRTURES OF CESAR CHAVEZ

Hope
To believe that seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome

Determination
To stay with a course of noble action despite obstacles.?¡Sí Se Puede!

Courage
To meet danger or advance unpopular opinions without giving way to fear

Tolerance
To resolve differences peacefully by understanding the beliefs of others



CHAVEZ COMMEMORATION PLANNING COMMITTEE

The César Chávez Commemoration Planning Committee is made up of three teams: the City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Unified School District, and the Community. Each team plans activities within their own sphere as well as across the three teams in a citywide effort. This year the City of Berkeley will chair the committee and coordinate the citywide effort.

CONTACTS

Charity DaMarto
Supervisor
Office of Family Engagement and Equity
Berkeley Unified School District
2020 Bonar Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
Suite 111
p. 510.644.8991
e. charitydemarto [at] berkeley [dot] net

MEMORIAL SOLAR CALENDAR & EDUCATION PROJECT

Click here to learn about the César Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar, an outdoor public art and education destination at César E. Chávez Park on the waterfront in Berkeley, California.

TEACHER RESOURCES

If you are a teacher of elementary, middle school, or high school students, please visit our teacher resource page to access age-appropriate César Chávez biographies, model curricula, and more.

For a pdf of teacher resources assembled by Berkeley teachers, click here.


FILM & VIDEO RESOURCES

Visit our film and video resource page to access a list of videos and documentaries on César Chávez.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Visit our additional resources page to access a list of recommended books, children’s books, readings, and articles on César Chávez.

PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Click here to read the Principles of Environmental Justice, as adopted at the People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit on October 27, 1991, in Washington, D.C.

BERKELEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION

The Berkeley Unified School District passed a resolution marking March 20 to April 23rd, 2012 as the César Estrada Chávez Commemorative Period. Read it here.

SIERRA CLUB FARMWORKER RESOLUTION

Forty-five years after the documentary Harvest of Shame exposed the barbaric living and working conditions of agricultural workers in America, farm workers still toil for inadequate pay with few to no benefits and few worker protections.

Agricultural work exposes employees to dangerous levels of pesticides, carcinogens and pollution. Substandard wage rates discourage all but the most desperate workers, attracting undocumented workers who are vulnerable to exploitation.

This system is morally unacceptable. The agriculture industry has humane alternatives. We don’t need to exploit poor people to grow our nation’s food.

The Sierra Club therefore calls for a living wage for farm workers, a wage commensurate with the hard work and physical risks that agricultural work involves;

We call for strong, effective and enforced worker safety protection laws, including protection against exposure to unacceptable and dangerous levels of pesticides, carcinogens and pollution;

We call for effective protections for employee collective bargaining;

Finally, we call upon both industry and government officials to secure for these workers– and for all U.S. workers – adequate health care, dental care and other basic human needs that the citizens of most leading democracies take for granted.

Board of Directors, May 20-21, 2005 ©Sierra Club