¡Viva Chávez!

Updated 4-6-2018 GMT

César Chávez Celebration XVI / Celebración de César Chávez XVI
Saturday 31 March 2018
/ Sabado 31 de Marzo 2018
Circus Circus - Reno
Doors to the Mandalay Ballroom opened at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.

HAIL CESAR: Trio Bossanova members entertain at Cesar Chavez XVI
By Dennis Myers / Reno News & Review 4-5-2018

Marked for life for making a phone call
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 4-4-2018 Sparks Tribune

2018 RENO CESAR CHAVEZ CELEBRATION PHOTO GALLERY
By Krista Scripter / Reno Gazette-Journal / rgj.com 4-3-2018

Watch this page for more event reports and photos—>
Thanks to everyone who made César XVI a rousing, inspiring and entertaining success.
See you next year.
¡Sí se puede!

 

Poor Denny's Almanac

March 31: A birthday for giants — Jack Johnson and César Chávez

March 31 — On this date in 1870, Thomas Peterson Mundy of Perth Amboy became the first African American to vote under the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which had been ratified the previous day (he also served as a school principal and was later elected to the Middlesex County Commission); in 1878, boxer (and future world heavyweight champion) Jack Johnson was born in Galveston; in 1911, after three years of prosecutions by the (Theodore) Roosevelt and Taft administrations of newspapers that reported on tawdry government conduct in the construction of the Panama Canal, the cases—which were thrown out by the courts—formally came to an end when a U.S. attorney in New York requested permission to enter a filing called a nolle prosse dropping all criminal libel charges; in 1927, César Chávez was born near Yuma, Arizona; in 1949, attorney Madison Graves filed charges against Las Vegas police officers after a teenager was beaten in the city jail and then given no medical attention to head injuries for four hours; in 1961, what was reported to be Reno’s first sit-in was staged by African Americans at the Overland Hotel’s café while elsewhere in the downtown a picket line was thrown up at the Nevada Bank of Commerce; in 2008 (and 2018), César Chávez Day will be celebrated with a large gathering at the Circus Circus Hotel in Reno. [Courtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac, Copyright © 2007-2018 Dennis Myers.]

March 21 (Barbwire/César Chávez XVI Update) — On this date in 1806, Benito Juárez was born. ¡Viva Juárez!

St. Patrick's Day 2018

The César Chávez Long March 3-17-1966
by Reno artist Erik Holland


The original watercolor above was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. (now Congressman) Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill. Mr. Holland is preparing a new painting to be unveiled at César Chávez Celebration XVI on March 31, 2018, at Circus Circus-Reno. The Reno-Sparks NAACP will participate with a full display and voter registration, as usual. Click here for event reservations and sponsorship information.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

Poor Denny's Almanac:
Remember: St. Patrick was once a slave who returned to minister to the land which shackled him

On St. Patrick's Day: in 1934, thirty African American students were ejected from the U.S. House of Representatives dining room when they sought service as a protest against the firing of a waiter who tried to serve blacks, with police shoving the students out of the restaurant, down the hallway, and outdoors, fists swinging and blows landing; in 1966, farm workers led by César Chávez began a march from Delano to Sacramento; in 1970, U.S. postal workers struck.
[C
ourtesy of longtime Nevada reporter Dennis Myers' daily Poor Denny's Almanac © 2018]


News / Noticias

Ticket info/boletos


Sponsorship and ticket prices Feb. 1, 2018
Previous sponsors and ticketholders will be given preference.

MAJOR SPONSORSHIPS

PLATINUM $ 8,500

  • Sponsorship of Nevada Labor Hall of Fame César Chávez Awards
  • Inclusion on all mass media including radio and television
  • Two reserved tables for 10
  • Major sponsorship credit on all media
  • Logo and links at the César Chávez section at NevadaLabor.com
  • Event onsite credit: Wall banner; distribution of literature and display table if needed; event program credit and recognition from the podium.

GOLD: $ 7,000

  • Two reserved tables for 10
  • Half of Platinum Package radio/tv spot schedule
  • Logo and links at the César Chávez section at NevadaLabor.com
  • Event onsite credit: Wall banner; distribution of literature and display table if needed; event program credit and recognition from the podium.

SILVER: $1,950

  • Reserved Table for 10
  • Sponsorship credit on event program
  • Mass media promotional inclusion as available
  • Logo and links at the César Chávez section at NevadaLabor.com

BRONZE and BRONZEx2: Reserved Table for 10

  • Purchased on or before March 26, 2018: $ 850.00
  • Purchased March 27 or thereafter: $ 875.00
  • BRONZEx2 —> Buy 2 and save $100 or more
    On or before March 26, 2 Tables for 10 @ $ 795 per table = $1,590.00 for 2
    Purchased March 27 or thereafter, 2 @ $ 850 each = $ 1,700.00 for 2

Individual Tickets

Purchased on or before March 26, 2018: $ 90 per person
Thereafter or at the door: $ 95 per person


Seniors 65+ or students (with student i.d.)
     Purchased on or before March 27: $ 45 per person
     Thereafter or at the door: $ 50 per person

      Children under 12: $ 35.00 per person

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Major sponsors are donating portions of their ticket blocks 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.

News / Noticias

Washoe County Commission proclaims César Chávez Day / del dia de César Chávez 2017

Tony Mayorga to become second posthumous hall of famer
Fred Ross, Sr. the legendary "Organizer's Organizer" and mentor of César Chávez, was inducted in 2013 by Fred Ross, Jr.

Mayorga Memorial Celebration Saturday March 10

VETERANS — Left to right, Maria Zamora, Librado "Lee" Chávez and Tony Mayorga. Lee Chávez holds up a hand-crafted 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. Ms. Zamora marched with César Chávez in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked across California. She traveled from California to attend the 2014 event and has been our guest several times since. She weaved wonderful stories for the audience in her Hall of Fame address. As always, the Chávez family was well represented by Reno resident Ramon Chávez and his family. Tony Mayorga served many years as director of training and President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a founding sponsor of the celebration. [Librado Chávez and a dozen family members attended the 2008-2011 events. Lee and Tony are now gone. César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Famer Maria will induct Tony into that exclusive club on March 31, 2018. Adios, hermano.]

César Chávez Celebration XVI
Saturday 31 March 2018 / Mandalay Ballroom / Circus Circus Reno
XVI Celebración del día de César Chávez
Sabado
, Marzo 31 2018
En el Mandalay Ballroom / Circus Circus Reno, Nevada

RENO, Nevada, USA (Updated March 31, 2018)— Nevada César Chávez Celebration XVI happens Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Circus Circus Hotel-Casino in Reno. Doors to the Mandalay Ballroom open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m.


     Las Vegas 8-14-1992 — César Chávez with picketers at the Frontier Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The Frontier strike lasted more than eight years and garnered worldwide attention as the longest-running strike in the country. The union won.
(Photo courtesy of Culinary Workers Union Local 226.)

 

Entertainment will again be provided by popular local musician Ángel Rodriguez and his group.

Ballet Folklorico de La Sierra is also making a repeat engagement by popular demand as will noted Reno artist Erik Holland who returns to unveil a new César Chávez painting.

As always, the event will have both light and serious aspects. Past evenings have included presentations from undocumented U.S. residents nicknamed "Dreamers" who came here as small children and by supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. (After four decades of trying, the latter passed the Nevada Legislaturein 2017.)

César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Hall of Famer Maria Zamora will induct Tony Mayorga (Laborers' Local 169) into that exclusive club.

The only previous posthumous HOF honoree was Fred Ross, Sr., the legendary "organizer's organizer" who taught César Chávez how to rally workers to the cause. Maria was on the front lines with Chávez in the 1960s and has never stopped laboring for the rights of workers.

NevadaLabor.com César Chávez Hall of Famers Joe Neal and Bob Price will also attend.

We will feature a world premiere preview of a new locally produced Broadway-style musical — César Chávez Resistencia! (Resistance!). The play is equal parts drama, music and ancient Greek amphitheatre. Aeschylus and Sophocles, call your agents. You're back in style. (BTW: The play will never be allowed anywhere within the pristine Washoe County School District, especially at Reno's hyper-sensitive, super-censorious McQueen High School.)

The Reno-Sparks NAACP will register voters and the Northern Nevada Literacy Council will distribute FREE Spanish-language books courtesy of our friends at Grassroots Books.

Longtime Reno resident Ramon Chávez, César's nephew (Librado Chávez's son), was in Chicago last week so executive producer Andrew Barbano accepted the Washoe County Commission's annual Chávez Day proclamation on his behalf. Ramon Chávez and his wife, Heather, will again represent their family on Saturday. They will be joined this year by his sister, Rachel Garcia and his mother, Mary Ann Chávez who returns after a too-long absence.

A new TV special "Dolores," about United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, premieres on PBS (KNPB TV-5 in northern Nevada) on March 27 at 9:00 p.m. (TV-5 re-runs, all times Pacific Daylight: 2:00 a.m. 3/28; 4:00 a.m. 3/29; 1:00 a.m 3/31; 3:00 a.m. 4/1; 12:01 a.m. 4/2. Check local listings.)

The food will be authentic Mexican as certified by Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev. Before he was elected to Congress in 2016, Kihuen praised the hotel's cuisine as the real thing. He is well-qualified to judge because he was born in Mexico. While serving in the Nevada Legislature, Kihuen was the principal sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill which is now state law. (Nevada Revised Statutes 236.027/AB301-Kihuen et al./2009). He delivered the event's keynote address on several occasions.

Long before he became an international figure, César Chávez traveled to northern Nevada on worker business, according to Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch Dolores Feemster who met with him in the 1960s. As usual, NAACP representatives will be signing up new members as well as registering voters Saturday night.

Reno's first César Chávez Day was declared on July 15, 1986, by then-Mayor Pete Sferrazza. Chávez spoke before a regional gathering of the International Association of Machinists, then to a general meeting of union members at the American Federation of Musicians Local 368 auditorium. History and photos of that day and all recent celebrations may be accessed at CesarChavezNevada.com/

¡Sí se puede!

Reservations may be made online at this website. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.

César Chávez was born near Yuma, Ariz., on 31 March 1927 and died in 1993 at age 66.

In 1994, President Clinton honored him with a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

The U.S. Postal Service issued a first class stamp in his honor in 2003 sparking the annual Reno celebrations. —>

In 2013, President Obama issued a proclamation for César Chávez Day.

As a candidate in 2008, he endorsed making Chavez's birthday a national holiday. Petitions have been signed at previous Reno events and forwarded to Washington.

¡ se puede!

Be well. Raise hell. / Esté bien. Haga infierno. (Pardon my Spanglish)

Andres Luis Barbáno


In search of César Chávez
Barbwire by Andres Luis Barbáno / Expanded from the 3-28-2017 Sparks Tribune

Equal Rights Betrayal
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-28-2017 Sparks Tribune / Updated 3-1 and 3-3-2017

Kate Smith & Lady Gaga
Deportation and internment camps make a big comeback

Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 2-14-2017 Sparks Tribune

 


Washoe County Commission proclaims César Chávez Day/del dia de César Chávez 2017

PROCLAIMING CESAR (3-21-2017) — (left to right) Washoe County Commissioners Vaughn Hartung, Jeanne Herman and Kitty Jung; César Chávez nephew and Reno resident Ramon Chávez holding the proclamation; César Chávez annual celebration producer Andrew Barbano; Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler, Commission Chair Bob Lucey, County Manager John Slaughter. (Scott Oxarart photo)

Requiescant in pace

Tony Mayorga dies at 65

Adios: Sam Lumpe, 1940-2016
The César Chávez Nevada Labor Hall of Famer and retired member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 26/AFL-CIO, passed away in Reno on Aug. 24. A complete obituary will be posted here soon. At his request, there will be no memorial service. He is the second hall-of-famer to pass this summer. Requiescant in pace.

Adios: Librado Chávez muerto
Librado "Lee" Chávez, brother of César Chávez and frequent participant in Nevada César Chávez Day activities, has passed away in California. Details as they arrive. Requiescat in pace. (8-16-2016)

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. Ms. Zamora marched with César Chávez in the 1960's and cooked for the multitudes as they trekked across California. She traveled from California to attend the 2014 and 2016 events. She was installed in the Hall of Fame in 2016. She weaved wonderful stories for the audience and Duet Eross (César Perez and Chriss Reyes) serenaded her with De Colores. As always, the Chávez family was well represented by Reno resident Ramon Chávez and his family. Tony Mayorga is the former President of Laborers' Union Local 169, a founding sponsor of the celebration. [Librado Chávez and a dozen family members attended the 2008-2011 events. They had been unable to attend recently due to the illness of Mrs. Chávez.]

Adios: César Chávez Hall of Famer George "Battling" Nelson, 1932-2016

Helen Chávez, widow of César Chávez, dies at 88
Elena Chávez muerta
Associated Press 6-7-2016

 


7-15-1986: César Chávez returned to Reno


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.)

Reno-Sparks NAACP matriarch Dolores Feemster reports that she met with César Chávez in Reno in the early 1960s. If you have any additional information about César Chávez's earlier visits to northern Nevada, please give a holler. It's important.

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

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


      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.

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.



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

Sponsorship and Online Ticket Purchase Information

Boletos e información

César Estrada Chávez was born March 31, 1927

Join the campaign for a César Chávez national holiday
Sign the petition

¡Sí se puede!

César Chávez NevadaLabor.com Honorees & Hall of Famers


The César Chávez Long March
by Reno artist Erik Holland


The original watercolor was displayed for several years in the Nevada Legislature offices of Sen. (now Congressman) Ruben Kihuen, D-Las Vegas, prime sponsor of the 2009 César Chávez Day bill.

Copyright © 2009 Erik Holland. All rights reserved.

 

The campaign for a César Chávez national holiday
Sign the petition

César Chávez Celebration XVI
event supporters


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/AFL-CIO

IBEW Local 1245

National Assn. of Letter Carriers
Branch 709


Northern Nevada Latino Alliance

American Federation of Government Employeees Local 2152
Ioannis A. Lougaris
VA Medical Center-Reno


      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.

HISTORY: MARCH COUNTDOWN TO CHÁVEZ DAY

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]


¿Quién fue César Chávez?

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




Blasts from the past

Reno César Chávez Day XV
March 29, 2017

Reno César Chávez Day XIV
March 30, 2016

Reno César Chávez Day XIII
March 31, 2015

Reno César Chávez Day XII
March 31, 2014

Reno César Chávez Day XI
March 28, 2013

Reno César Chávez Day X
March 31, 2012

Reno César Chávez Day IX
March 31, 2011

Reno César Chávez Day VIII
March 31, 2010

Reno César Chávez Day VII
March 31, 2009

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