César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemoration

The César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Commemoration is a citywide effort to honor César Chávez and Dolores Huerta 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 & Dolores Huerta related events

Date Title Location
3/19/2015 Spoken Word Workshop Berkeley
3/20/2015 Spoken Word Workshop Berkeley
3/31/2015 Celebrate César Chávez Birthday, Support Gerawan Farm Workers by Marching to City Hall! San Francisco
4/18/2015 San Francisco César Chávez Parade and Festival San Francisco
4/25/2015 Camina, Corre Y Celebrar: BAHIA Inc. 40 Aniversario Berkeley

Whats New?

La Raza Chronicles, KPFA
Featured: How César Chávez and Dolores Huerta are celebrated in Berkeley, Poem by Guillermo Gomez Pena, and Rafael Jesus Gonzalez shares his poetry on the farm worker movement and its legacy, and music.
Listen to the show on Soundcloud.com!
César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Booklet
Bilingual, for School Children
A basic introduction to the life and legacy of two significant American freedom fighters will be handed to all children in grades 3 to 6.
Download the pdf for viewing on your computer or favorite ereader.
Download a version for printing (Use double-sided printing & select short-side binding).
Chavez / Huerta Service Learning Internship
An Internship that will allow two college age youth help with the Commemorative Period (March 20th – April 23rd) as well as the Latino Heritage Month celebration (Sept 15 to Oct 15th). The Interns will be given a stipend. (In development)
Latino Heritage Month – Planning will begin in May for the Sept 15th – Oct 15 celebration
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Indigenous Peoples Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Opinion: “Is it possible that 1 + 1 could equal 3?” by Santiago Casal
There is an old saying that sometimes “the whole is more than the sum of its parts.”
That is certainly true for the added value brought on by the 30-year alliance between César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, labor and civil rights leaders and environmental activists. For this reason, Berkeley’s César Chávez Commemoration Committee decided last year to honor Dolores Huerta as well, resulting in our new name: the César Chávez / Dolores Huerta Commemoration Committee. >> Read More
Opinion: “Why now is the time to honor Dolores Huerta” by Liz Fuentes
When we teach ours students about historical figures, we hope to inspire them with the values and actions of those people. But the challenge is always to bring history into the present moment and make it relevant and compelling for the children. When we teach about Cesar Chavez and Dr. King, among others, we need to be very conscious of the connection between then and now. By including Dolores Huerta in this yearly commemoration for Cesar and the Farmworkers, the work of making the struggle present today is basically done for us by what Dolores does and how she lives her life…today. >> Read More



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.

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 HUERTA COMMEMORATION PLANNING COMMITTEE

In 2014 members of the committee decided to add Dolores Huerta to the commemorative period. The committee felt that Dolores Huerta has not received the respect she deserves.

The César Chávez Dolores Huerta 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.

We welcome participation by all segments of the community. If you’re interested in joining the committee, please contact lorenzo@ecologycenter.org.


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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.

CONTACTS

Santiago Casal
Director of the Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar Project
p. (510) 845-0657
e. chavezmemorial@sbcglobal.net