Whereas César Chávez was a leader for civil rights, Latinos, farm workers, and labor; a community servant and social entrepreneur; a crusader for nonviolent social change; an environmentalist and consumer advocate; and, in the words of Robert F. Kennedy, “one of the heroic figures of our time,” and
Whereas César Chávez’s dream was to create an organization to protect and serve farm workers, whose poverty and disenfranchisement he had shared. Chávez led the first successful farm worker’s union in American history, achieving dignity, respect, fair wages, medical coverage, pension benefits and humane living conditions, as well as countless other rights and protections for hundreds of thousands of farm workers; and
Whereas César Chávez’s organization became, in 1966, the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, which shares, in common with all organized labor, the goals of dignity, respect, fair wages, medical coverage and pension protections for old age; and
Whereas the life of César Chávez transcends any one cause or struggle. He was a unique and humble labor leader, and a great humanitarian and communicator who influences and inspired millions of Americans from many diverse walks of life to seek social justice and civil rights for the poor and disenfranchised in our society; and
Whereas the Oxnard Union High School District Board of Education recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of César Chávez and encourages all schools to conduct appropriate school activities in observance of his birthday on March 31st.
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Oxnard Union High School District Board of Education proclaims March 31, 2017 as César Chávez Day.
Adopted: March 15, 2017