Amid Republican Obstruction, Menendez Honors Birthday And Legacy Of Cesar Estrada Chavez

Amid Republican Obstruction, Menendez Honors Birthday And Legacy Of Cesar Estrada Chavez

Washington - In commemoration of Cesar Estrada Chavez's 83rd birthday anniversary today, US Senator Menendez has introduced a resolution once again to honor him as one of the country's most important civil rights and labor leaders. However, for the fourth year in a row Republicans blocked this resolution from being adopted by Unanimous Consent, preventing an official honor for Chavez in the Senate.

"Today we celebrate the life and legacy of one of the most important leaders of the Hispanic community and for all working Americans - Cesar Chavez," said Menendez. "As the only Hispanic Senator serving in the United States Senate, I am disheartened that Republicans chose yet again to play politics with the legacy of an honorable and courageous man who paved the way for social progress and respect for all hardworking Americans. Chavez always said: 'The fight is never about grapes or lettuce; it's always about people'. That fight continues today. Chavez's legacy serves as a source of inspiration to me and many others who seek to continue the fight on behalf of justice and dignity for every American worker."

Born on March 31, 1927 in Arizona, Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American farm worker whose life circumstances showed him firsthand the injustices and hardships of farm workers that led him to dedicate his life helping those who spent their lives picking the food that Americans eat and ensuring they received the respect and benefits they deserved. His efforts led to equality, justice, and dignity for not only Hispanic farm workers, but for all people in the United States -- a success that can be measured by the lasting impact he made toward ending workplace discrimination, unsafe and unfair working conditions, low wages, and child labor.

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