Thanks/Gracias to everyone who made César Chávez Celebration XIII another resounding success.
HIGHLIGHTS WITH MORE TO COME
Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, delivered the keynote address. UNR student-activist and Occupy Carson City leader Janette Dean circulated petitions in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (SJR 16), introduced by Kihuen, Sen. Patricia Spearman, D-N. Las Vegas, and six other Democrats.
César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall-of-Famer and United Auto Workers member George "Battling" Nelson circulated petitions supporting a posthumous presidential pardon for the great heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. Nelson read a letter of endorsement from former Washoe County D.A. and District Judge Mills Lane and his family. Retired world-class referee Lane has been inducted in the national boxing hall of fame.
AWARDS: Savage and Son, Inc., was honored as union employer of the year. Building & Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada and Reno City Councilmember Paul McKenzie presented retiring Laborers' Union Local 169 President Tony Mayorga with a labor educator lifetime achievement award.
Revenge, redistricting and amnesia in Cartoon City
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More than two decades after he left us, César Chávez's message resonates ever louder even as negative voices gather power.
A year before Chávez died, James Carville remembered what his own father once taught him.
"Outside of a person's love, the most sacred thing that they can give is their labor," Carville said, "and somehow or another along the way, we tend to forget that."
At his most basic level, César Chávez lived and labored to upgrade the dignity of work.
Recent decades have witnessed a withering assault against the eight-hour day, the 40-hour week, overtime pay, pensions, workplace safety and many other protections for which Chávez and his predecessors fought, were oppressed and sometimes died.
Alarmingly, Nevada is attempting to quickly approach this sad new normal.
How many times have we recently heard about Nevada's need for an efficient, well-educated workforce? At the same time, how often have we heard that employees both public and private should be willing to work for a lot less?
Good education and good paychecks constitute money well spent, but our children increasingly feel whip-sawed by their elders.
They are ordered to excel in high school and college, even to the point of incurring long-term crippling debt, then disrespected for desiring a decent day's pay for a hard day's work.
Even the minimum wage has been morphed into a Trojan horse. Some in Carson City now tout their generosity advocating a raise to $9.00 per hour. Had the 1968 minimum of $1.60 been indexed for inflation, it would stand at $10.79 today. (The buying power of the dollar peaked in 1968.)
At the height of the recent depression, the Northern Nevada Laborers Union Training Trust invested $2 million constructing a major training center.
I have schooled thousands of my fellow union members in a wide range of skilled disciplines: pipelaying, demolition, masonry, concrete, asbestos abatement, safety, traffic control, pavement marking, asphalt raking and other specialized skills.
This is hard and sometimes dangerous work.
What am I to tell my apprentices? How should teachers and professors advise their students? Work hard but prepare to have your honest labor devalued in the name of corporate PR buzzwords like "flexibility" and "efficiency"?
When the value of your work is depressed, so is your entire community. Everyone's paycheck is based on benchmarks set by the area's skilled trades. (Websearch the research of noted economists James Medoff and Richard Freeman.)
César Chávez was right.
Enhancement of the dignity of work benefits everyone. Diminished, the entire society gets dragged downward.
Tuesday evening at Circus Circus, we celebrate César Chávez's message on his 88th birthday, César Chávez Day in Nevada.
Chávez's work continues.
Talk loud. Walk proud.
Tony Mayorga serves as president and apprenticeship coordinator for Laborers' International Union Local 169.
To: The 63 members of the 2015 Nevada Legislative Session
From: Andrew Barbano / CesarChavezNevada.com / 775-882-TALK (882-8255)
Re: César Chávez XIII
March 31 would have been César Chávez's 88th birthday and will again officially be César Chávez Day in Washoe County and Nevada.
3-24-2015 Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung reads the official César Chávez Day proclamation Photo at left (left to right): Commissioners Vaughn Hartung, Jeanne Herman and Marsha Berkbigler, Ramón Chávez, Commissioners Kitty Jung and Bob Lucey
You are invited to our annual celebration at Circus Circus in Reno. Please contact me for reservations or additional information.
Since inception, we have hosted increasing numbers of state and local officeholders of every political stripe from all over the state. If you can attend, please be prepared to say a few words.
As always, we will celebrate César Chávez's legacy with a look back and a look forward.
We will again hear from people who marched with César Chávez in the old days and worked side by side with him both in the fields and in the halls of government. Noted Nevada artist Erik Holland will display some of his Chávez paintings.
Boxing aficionado George "Battling" Nelson, a 2013 César Chávez Hall of Fame honoree, will bring petitions for signature seeking a posthumous presidential pardon for the late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. U.S. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Searchlight, and John McCain, R-Ariz., recently renewed their push to right the historic wrong imposed upon the first African-American title holder.
Tomorrow at its regular meeting, the Washoe County Commission will proclaim March 31 as César Chávez Day in Washoe County. Ramón Chávez, César's nephew and a longtime Nevadan, will accept it on behalf of his family.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, R, will issue a similar proclamation statewide. (Nevada Revised Statutes 236.027/AB301Kihuen et al./2009)
Long before he gained international fame, César Chávez visited northern Nevada farm workers and last spoke in northern Nevada on July 15, 1986, the first Reno César Chávez Day. In his later years, he frequently rallied workers in Las Vegas. He died at age 66 in 1993 and was honored with a U.S. Postal Service First Class Stamp in 2003. The Las Vegas City Council approved "Camino César Chávez" as a ceremonial name on Pecos Road in 2014.
Sen. Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, who was born in Mexico and delivered the keynote address several years ago, says Circus Circus serves authentic Mexican food (and he oughtta know).
See for yourself. Please take the time to join us if you can.
César Chávez Celebration XIII / Celebración de César Chávez XIII
Tuesday 31 March 2015 / Martes 31 de Marzo 2015
Circus Circus Reno Mandalay Ballroom
Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
For reservations online, go to http://cesarchaveznevada.com
Reserve early. Prices rise as of Thursday, March 26.
COLLECTORS' ITEM The Reno, Nevada, first-day cancellation César Chávez first class postage stamp. Envelope art by Brian Bird, promotions director of Azteca KUVR TV-68 and KREN TV-27 in northern Nevada. (April 24, 2003, Reno Main Post Office.)
UPDATED 22 AUGUST 2014 01:07 a.m. PDT, 08:07 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT > On this date in 1966, the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, now the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), was formed from a merger of the National Farm Workers Association and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and became a powerful tool for the advancement of Latinos under the leadership of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. (Courtesy Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2014)
OCTOBER, 1969 César Chávez, right, and Walter Reuther, center, at the dedication of the United Farm Workers new headquarters in Delano, Calif. The buildings were dedicated to Reuther's late younger brother, Roy. The Reuther-led United Auto Workers were instrumental in acquiring the land and funding for the "The 40 Acres," as the site was known. The man at left was on a picket line for five years and may or may not be a Chávez relative. Anyone who can identify him, please contact me.(Photo courtesy of George "Battling" Nelson, UAW Local 2162 Retirees and 2013 César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Hall of Fame Honoree.)
Las Vegas council approves “Camino Cesar Chavez” ceremonial name on Pecos Road
By Jane Ann Morrison / Las Vegas Review-Journal 5-7-2014
From Poor Denny's Almanac for Cinco de Mayo 2014: On this date in 2012, at Barrio Logan, the Navy cargo ship U.S.N.S. César Chávez was christened.
Banqueters cry: Hail, César
By Prof. Jake Highton
Expanded from the 4-10-2014 Sparks Tribune
Obama pays tribute to late Reno labor leader
THE WAY WE WERE The above is a recently discovered photo from July 15, 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. (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.)
courtesy of Dan Rusnak, retired business manager of Laborers'
Union Local 169.)
César Estrada Chávez was born March 31, 1927
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César E. Chávez was born on March 31, 1927, on a small farm near Yuma, Arizona. At 10 years of age, he 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.