Honoring Cesar Chavez
There was a major march through the streets of San Francisco on March 24, 2002 to mark the 75th birthday of United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez. Parade Grand Marshalls included two UFW founders Dolores Huerta, and Cesar's brother Richard Chavez, as well as Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
At the march rally UFW Arturo Rodriguez spoke of the continuing legacy of Chavez.
Other speakers included;
- San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi
- California Labor Federation executive secretary Art Pulaski
- California Labor Federation executive secretary/treasurer emeritus John F. Henning
- San Francisco Labor Council secretary/treasurer Walter Johnson
- San Francisco Board of Supervisors president Tom Ammiano
- Evelina Alarcon, Cesar Chavez holiday campaign leader and Communist Party USA member
Fred Ross award campaign
In early 2013, mainly Democratic Socialists of America aligned activists, together with many elected officials across the United States came together to urge President Barack Obama to award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the legendary organizer, Fred Ross, Sr.. The Saul Alinsky trained radical was the first to organize people through house meetings, a mentor to both Cesar Chavez and DSAer Dolores Huerta, and a pioneer in Latino voter outreach since 1949 when he helped elect Communist Party USA affiliate Ed Roybal as Los Angeles’s first Latino council member, "Ross’ influence on social change movements remains strong two decades after his death in 1992".
Endorsers of the proposal included Arturo Rodriguez.
4th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Walk
Thousands of people from across Southern California joined the 4th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Walk in East Los Angeles on Saturday, April 6 2002 –marking the ninth anniversary of the legendary farm worker and civil rights leader’s death and the 40th anniversary of theUnited Farm Workers.
Walkers who assembled Saturday at East Los Angeles College Stadium for the walk included Chavez’s widow, Helen Chavez, other Chavez family members and UFW President Arturo Rodriguez. Also participating were Hollywood figures including Martin Sheen ("West Wing"); Jackie Guerra, Pete Leal, Austin Marquez, Edward James Olmos ("American Family"); Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue", "American Family"); Mike Farrell ("Providence" "M*A*S*H");Ed Begley, Jr. ("Wednesday 9:30/8:30 Central" & "Six Feet Under"); Marisol Nichols ("Resurrection Blvd."); Richard Coca, Evelina Fernandez, Mike Gomez, Sal Lopez, Dyana Ortelli, Jose Luis Valuenzuela ("Luminarias"); and Michele Greene ("L.A. Law" reunion special & the independent film "A Family Affair"). Many elected officials also joined the walk, including U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, state Sen. Richard Alarcon, Sen. Gloria Romero, Sen. Nell Soto, Speaker of the Assembly Herb Wesson, Assemblymembers Marco Firebaugh, Judy Chu and Paul Koretz, and Board of Equalization member John Chiang.
- PWW Thousands march to commemorate Chavez, March 30, 2002
- Momentum Builds for Honoring Legendary Organizer Fred Ross, by Randy Shaw, 2013-03-05