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.
FOUR VIRTURES OF CESAR CHAVEZ
To believe that seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome
To stay with a course of noble action despite obstacles.?¡Sí Se Puede!
To meet danger or advance unpopular opinions without giving way to fear
To resolve differences peacefully by understanding the beliefs of others
CHAVEZ COMMEMORATION PLANNING COMMITTEE
MEMORIAL SOLAR CALENDAR & EDUCATION PROJECT
FILM & VIDEO RESOURCES
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
BERKELEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION
SIERRA CLUB FARMWORKER RESOLUTION
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