Calendar — 2012 César Chávez Commemoration

César E. Chávez, 1927-1993

Commemorative Period
March 20 – April 23, 2012

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BUSD Chávez Essay Contest

The dates of the contest are from March 1 to March 19, 2012

To celebrate the legacy of Cesar Chavez, BUSD invites all 2nd -12th grade students to participate in an essay contest! Students must submit a one-page essay in English or Spanish (whichever language you prefer) on the following topic: One of Cesar Chavez’s core values is service to others with the purpose of empowering those for whom the service is intended. What type of service projects have you been involved in and how did they empower those who received it? If you have not been involved in service projects, can you think of a project in which you can become involved? How will it empower the recipients of the service project?

More details here. Or contact Maya Hernandez, Manager, Office of Family and Community Partnerships: 510-644-8991 or

César Chávez Celebration Event

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 3:30pm – 7pm

Join us for a day of cultural arts performances, spoken word, speakers, live music, and informational tables to honor the legacy of farmworker organizer César Chávez. Performers and Presenters include Rafael Jesús González, Joy Moore, Cuauhtli Mitotiani Mexica – Aztec Dance youth troupe, Quenepas – Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance youth ensemble, YeYe – Latin American Afro-fusion band, Earth Amplified – ‘Green Hip Hop’ and Conscious ‘Roots-Rap-Reggae,’ and La Peña Community Chorus. Information booths: Farm Fresh Choice, Planting Justice, SNAG, BAHIA (Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement), Label GMO’s: Right to Know, and Food First/The Institute for Food and Development Policy.

More details here.

Location: Tuesday Berkeley Farmers’ Market, Derby St. at MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley.
Cost: Free.
Wheelchair accessible.

Xican@/Latin@ Empowerment Day

Sunday, April 15th, 9:30am – 5pm

Xican@/Latin@ Empowerment Day aims to create a space where visibility, acknowledgement, and knowledge is spread by members of our community in all locations and in every stage of life. By celebrating our accomplishments, we affirm our presence as a comunidad that is fuerte and unyielding in tough times. Join us on a day that is dedicated to recognizing our roots, our past, and our collective futures! Workshops, free food, speakers, performers, and YOU!

More details here.

Location: 145 Dwinelle Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus
*This event is free and welcome to the public! Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

“State of Latinos in Berkeley” Forum

Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm

Local Latino leaders and community members will be holding a public forum on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 at the Berkeley Adult School, to discuss the “State of Latinos in Berkeley,” and how Cesar Chavez’s legacy of activism can empower and improve the lives of Latinos in Berkeley. This event will also celebrate Chavez’s legacy and the 50th Anniversary of the United Farm Workers.

Speakers will address issues facing the Berkeley Latino community such as health and education disparities, immigration, representation of Latinos in local government, and discuss ways in which the community can address these critical issues. Please join us in celebrating the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez and in a dialogue about how we can work together to improve the lives of Latinos in Berkeley.

Berkeley Adult School Auditorium, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA

For more details, contact: Jesse Arreguin, 510-981-7140; Tanya Moore, 510-981-6705; Alejandro Soto-Vigil, 510-981-7170

Pilot Workshop for Teachers: How to Use The Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar Site

Saturday, April 21, 8:30am – 12:30pm

children's class at Cesar Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar in Berkeley, CATraining for twelve 3rd and 5th grade BUSD teachers will cover The Reasons for the Seasons (5th Grade) and FOSS materials (3rd Grade). The workshop is aimed at helping to meeting State Education Standards in Science and History/Social Science. Workshop includes 2 hours of classroom instruction, and 1 1/2 hours at the Memorial Solar Calendar site at César Chávez Park.

Workshop taught by:

  • Alan Gould, Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Tory Brady, Exploratorium Teacher Institute
  • Karen Fox-Reynolds, Marin School

For more details, contact Santiago Casal at or 510-845-0657. Learn more about the Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar at

San Francisco César E. Chávez Holiday Parade & Festival 2012

Saturday, April 21, 10am – 6pm

SF Cesar Chavez paradeThe 12th Annual César E. Chávez Holiday Parade & Festival has become a significant event in the Mission. The parade draws a diverse crowd of participants and attendees from different demographics and cultures. The parade ends with the 24th Street Fair.

The Festival after the parade offers an opportunity for attendees to learn about the life of César Chávez and while enjoying the day in a historic Mission neighborhood. This year’s festival will feature a focus on youth with the César E. Chávez art contest winners; a teach-in on César’s life and work; a special César E. Chávez Educational Achievement Award ceremony recognizing Latino honor roll students in San Francisco public schools.

  • 10am assemble for parade (Dolores Park, 19th & Guerrero)
  • 11am parade to 24th Street
  • 12pm-6pm 24th Street Fair (between Treat & Bryant): Music, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Booths

For more details: (415) 621-2665, cesarchavezday@gmail.com