César Estrada Chávez was born March 31, 1927, on
a small farm near Yuma, Arizona that his grandfather homesteaded
in the 1880s; and
WHEREAS, at age 10, life began as a migrant farm worker when his
father lost the land during the Depression; and
WHEREAS, together with thousands of displaced families, the Chávez
family migrated throughout the Southwest, laboring in fields and
WHEREAS, César left school after the eighth grade to help
support his family; and
WHEREAS, in 1962, César moved his wife and eight children
to Delano, California where he founded the National Farm Workers
Association (NFWA); and
WHEREAS, from the beginning, César Chávez adhered
to the principals of non-violence practiced by M. K. Gandhi and
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and
WHEREAS, in 1965, César conducted a 25-day fast to reaffirm
the UFWs commitment to non-violence. The late Senator Robert
F. Kennedy flew to Delano to be with him when he ended the fast;
WHEREAS, on August 8, 1994, César E. Chávez became
the second Mexican American to receive the Presidential Medal
of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. The
award was presented posthumously by President Bill Clinton.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Robert A. Cashell, Sr., Mayor of the City of
Reno, do hereby proclaim
Monday, March 31, 2008, as a day to honor César Chávez
In and for the City of Reno, Nevada, I hereby urge the citizens
community to recognize and participate in this important event.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand and caused the Seal of
the City of Reno, Nevada, to be affixed this thirty-first day
of March 2008.
A. Cashell, Sr.
City of Reno