Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition

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The Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition was started to create a holiday honoring Cesar Chavez, similar to the Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday initiative.[1]

Mission

"It is our goal to mobilize Arizona, and eventually the nation, to honor the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez with a holiday every March 31st."

History

"In April 2001, a group of dedicated individuals and organizations started meeting with one purpose: to create a paid holiday in Pima County in honor of labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Cesar Chavez. This group consisted of educators, community activists and leaders, faith-based and indigenous organizations, labor leaders, local businesses and non-profits, veterans, and individuals determined to honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez.
The group started a county-wide campaign consisting of petition gathering, cultural and educational events, and letter writing and phone call efforts to educate, inform and motivate the Pima County Board of Supervisors to vote for a Cesar Chavez Holiday.
"In October 2001, with leadership from Supervisors Raul Grijalva and Dan Eckstrom, in front of a standing room only County Supervisors meeting, the holiday was passed 3-2.
"Instead of resting on this achievement, the Coalition decided to sponsor the Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference in April 2002 at the Pima Community College Desert Vista Campus. The goal of the conference is to teach youth about community leadership, history of the labor movement, basics of organizing, civil rights education, and cultural diversity and awareness.
"Using existing community resources, financial support from sympathetic organizations, and the skill and determination of members within the group, a true coalition has been formed for the benefit of youth and the community.
"It is our goal to mobilize Arizona, and eventually the nation, to honor the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez with a holiday every March 31st.

Friends of the Coalition

The following are listed as friends of the Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition:[2]

2018 Cesar Chavez March

2018 Cesar Chavez Facebook invitation (screenshot)

The 2018 Cesar Chavez March was sponsored by Mary Matiella, Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition, Borderlands Theater and Raul Grijalva.[3]

Center for Biological Diversity

In April 2018, The Center for Biological Diversity's "Ignite Change" initiative tweeted their support of a Cesar Chavez March and Rally, which was spearheaded by the Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition.

They tweeted:

"Hey #Tucson! We'll be there in Tucson at the 18th Annual Cesar Chavez March and Rally to honor Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and the farm workers movement. We'd love to see you there![4]

2017 Cesar Chavez March

Arizona Cesar E. Chavez Holiday Coalition Flyer 2017

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