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César Chávez Day 2010:
Produce your own revolution

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 3-14-2010 Daily Sparks Tribune

Northern Nevada
César Chávez Celebration V
Tuesday/Martes, March/marzo 31, 2009
Circus Circus-Reno

Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader

THE WAY WE WERE — The above is a recently discovered photo from 1986. Left to right are Kathy Brown, Culinary Union Local 86 office manager; Miguel Contreras, Local 86 Secretary-Treasurer; Local 86 President Bill Uehlein; a lady named Natalie (anyone who knows her last name, please write), and César Chávez. This item was first published in Ahora, northern Nevada's Spanish-English weekly, on March 26, 2008. (UPDATE: On 3-19-2009, President Obama paid tribute to Brother Contreras as he spoke in the L.A. building named after the late labor leader. See the 1986 Chávez Reno archive, below.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers' Union Local 169.)

More stories and photos from César Chávez's 1986 Reno visit.

César Chávez Day will remind us
what we can become

Andrew Barbano Guest Editorial / Reno Gazette-Journal 3-21-2009

Assemblyman Ruben Kihuen introduces Nevada César Chávez Day bill
Testimony needed on AB 301
Annual essay contest underway — Entries encouraged

Governor Signs César Chávez Day Bill

SI SE PUEDE. Assemblymember Ruben Kihuen's, D-Las Vegas, César Chávez Day bill passed the senate 21-0 on May 12, 2009 and is on its way to the governor for signature. Well done, all!

Proyecto de ley pide designación de día de Cesar Chávez es presentado en la legislatura de Nevada.
Fecha limite para el concurso anual del ensayo de Cesar Chávez es el 24 de marzo, 2009.

Washoe County School District
César Chávez Essay Contest

Deadline to return entries: March 24
Application and rules in English
Formulario y reglas para el concurso de César Chávez

2009 Sponsorship and ticket prices


PLATINUM: $ 7,500

  • Television spot schedule
  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Major sponsorship mention on all media
  • Sponsorship of Washoe County School District annual César Chávez essay contest
  • Logo and links at the bi-lingual César Chávez section at
  • Event onsite credit: Wall banner; distribution of literature and display table if needed; event program credit and recognition from the podium.

GOLD: $ 4,000

  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Half of Platinum package spot schedule
  • Logo and links at the bi-lingual César Chávez section at
  • Event onsite credit: Wall banner; distribution of literature and display table if needed; event program credit and recognition from the podium.

SILVER: $1,250

  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Sponsorship credit on event program
  • Logo and links at the bi-lingual César Chávez section at

BRONZE: Reserved Table for 10

  • Purchased on or before March 20: $ 500.00
  • Purchased March 21 or thereafter: $ 575.00

     Last year we had an overflow sellout which is why we have moved to all reserved seating. We will make best efforts to seat friends together (let us know well in advance), but if you are going to be part of a group, we strongly recommend buying a reserved table.

Individual Tickets

Purchased on or before March 20: $ 55 each; second ticket: $ 25

Purchased March 21 through March 27: $ 60 each; 2nd ticket: $ 30

At the door: $ 65 per person
      Children under 12: $32.50

Seniors 65+ or students (with student i.d.)
     Purchased on or before March 20: $ 35 each
     March 21 or thereafter: $ 40

     Please note that the incentive to buy a pair of tickets does not mean that the "second ticket" price applies to nos. 3, 4, 5 et al. For instance, if someone wants to buy four tickets on March 10, the price is $80 x 2 = $160.00.

     If you cannot attend or send representatives, please consider purchasing tickets which we will donate with your compliments to students, seniors and those of limited resources.

     Please make checks payable to
          P.O. Box 10034
          Reno, NV 89510

      For those who wish to purchase online, please go to this URL at one of my sister websites: ReSurge.TV.

Hotel Rooms

     Those requiring hotel rooms may take advantage of our group rate of $39.00 (plus 13.5% Washoe County Room Tax).

      Call 1-800-648-5010, ask for the Reservations Dept. and refer to the César Chávez Celebration. The group code is "icesar" should you need it.

Thanks for your consideration.

In Solidarity,

Andrew Barbano
(775) 786-1455
Fax 747-0979

We reserve the right to turn down any sale or admission.

Major sponsors are donating portions of their ticket blocs so that area students may participate. Anyone planning to attend, even if your tickets are included in a sponsor or media package, should call for reservations which are required because of limited seating. Thanks for your patience.

César Chávez Celebration VII

Brought to you by

Above: End slate from the award-winning LIUNA Local 169 road construction zone safety campaign, now in its second decade.

The campaign for a César Chávez national holiday
Sign the petition

     Again sponsored by Laborers' Union Local 169 and Circus Circus Reno, this year's event will take place at Circus Circus beginning at 6:00 p.m.
     The public is welcome at the event which will again feature food, scholarship winners and entertainment.
     Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on March 31, with the program beginning at 6:00 p.m. Nevadans who knew or worked with Chávez will speak on their experiences. Members of his immediate family, imcluding his brother, Librado, are again expected to attend.
      In conjunction with the Washoe County School District, students in three grade levels are again participating in an essay contest. The competition is open to all students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
      César Chávez was born on March 31, 1927, on a small farm near Yuma, Arizona. At 10 years of age, Chávez began life as a migrant farm worker. This ultimately led to his cause or "La Causa," advocating for better wages and working conditions for the nation's farm workers. In 1952, he began the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) to strive for equal rights for agricultural workers.
       César Chávez learned from and practiced the non-violent principles of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Mohandas K. Gandhi. Chávez died on April 23, 1993, at the age of 66. He was posthumously awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative first class stamp bearing his image in 2003.


On March 10, 1968, Sen. Robert Kennedy, D-NY, and César Chávez met in Delano, California, for the breaking of Chavez's anti-violence fast. Chávez's physicians had contacted Kennedy to ask for his help in convincing Chávez to end his fast before it did more damage to his health.

On March 17, 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento.

On March 31, 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Ariz.

New York Times obituary, April 24, 1993: "Mr. Chávez, who was described by Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 as 'one of the heroic figures of our time,'was widely acknowledged to have done more to improve the lot of the migrant farm worker than anyone else. Fighting growers and shippers who for generations had defeated efforts to unionize field workers, and later fighting rival unionists, Mr. Chávez for the first time brought a degree of stability and security to the lives of some migrant workers. Largely because of him, the California Legislature in 1975 passed the nation's first collective bargaining act outside Hawaii for farm workers, who are largely excluded from Federal labor law coverage. 'For the first time,' Mr. Chávez said when asked to describe the union's achievement, 'the farm worker got some power.' Asked what had motivated his stubborn fight, he said, 'For many years I was a farm worker, a migratory worker, and, well, personally — and I'm being very frank — maybe it's just a matter of trying to even the score.'"

[Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac]

César Chávez Celebration IV
March 31, 2005

VETERANS — Left to right, Maria Zamora, Librado "Lee" Chávez and Tony Mayorga. Lee Chávez holds up a United Farm Workers of America flag signed by his late brother. The flag is part of Ms. Zamora's collection of Chávez/UFWA memorabilia which she displayed at the 2004 Chávez Celebration and will do so again this year. Ms. Zamora marched with César Chávez in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked across California. Tony Mayorga is President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a founding sponsor of the celebration. [UPDATE: Librado Chávez and a dozen family members attended the 2008 event.]

When César Chávez came to Reno

    How often do we get to meet the great men of our age? Of the great apostles of nonviolence who have lived in our time and generations, I got to meet only one, but that was a meaningful one. César Chávez's (1986) visit to Reno gave me the opportunity to meet him, to shake his hand, to stand in his presence. It was an honor, one of the privileged moments of my life.

     On March 10, 1968, Robert Kennedy went to Delano to be with César when he broke his fast for nonviolence. Senator Kennedy said to César's supporters in the farm workers, "And when your children and grandchildren take their place in America, going to high school and college and taking good jobs at good pay — when you look at them, you will say, 'I did this. I was there, at the point of difficulty and danger'. And though you may be old and bent from many years of labor, no man will stand taller than you when you say, 'I marched with César'."

     We have not been very good custodians of that hope. Good jobs at good pay seem further away than ever. We have to do better. César's example calls.

— Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' Poor Denny's Almanac
Used by permission.

      UFW FLAG ART presented by César Chávez to Reno Musicians Union Local 368 Secretary-Treasurer Beth Shay at Reno César Chávez Day I on July 15, 1986. Each color is symbolic — black for the dark situation of the farmworkers of the time; red for toil and sacrifice and the white circle for hope. Chávez himself designed it.

¿Quién fue César Chávez?

"Una de las figuras heróicas de nuestros tiempos"
—Senador Robert F. Kennedy, D-NY


Unions and union-signatory entities

Laborers Union Local 169
Building & Construction Trades Council of N. Nevada
Circus Circus Reno
Washoe County School District

Blasts from the past

Reno César Chávez Day VIII
March 31, 2010

Reno César Chávez Day VI
March 31, 2008

Reno César Chávez Day V
March 31, 2006

Reno César Chávez Day IV
March 31, 2005

Reno César Chávez Day III
March 31, 2004

Reno César Chávez Day II
March 31, 2003

Reno César Chávez Day I
July 15, 1986