WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today issued the following statement in reaction to an announcement by US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack revealing Cesar Chavez will be inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hall of Heroes. Senator Menendez is the Senate author of an annual congressional resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesar Chavez.

“Cesar Chavez was an American hero who made history by speaking up and fighting for equality, justice and dignity for the voiceless. I am delighted to see his lasting legacy in paving the nation’s way towards justice for all workers properly recognized with this honor. As one of our country’s most important civil rights and labor leaders, we must continue to honor Cesar Chavez by championing the rights and dignity of farmworkers and all Americans.”