Take Two for October 8, 2012

Honoring the legacy of workers' rights advocate Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez National Monument

Courtesy UFW

The home of Cesar Chavez, which will become a national monument.

Photo by Mike Sergieff. Courtesy of Herald Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library

United Auto Workers Local 645 marching at the GM plant in Panorama City, 1983. Foreground: UAW Local 645 President Pete Beltran, Cesar Chavez, and Maxine Waters.

Cesar Chavez Anniversary


In this Sept. 16, 1975 file photo, head of the United Farm Workers Union Cesar Chavez speaks at the headquarters for the state Agriculture Labor Relations Board board to call for the resignation of Walter Kintz, legal counsel for the board, in Sacramento, California. Chavez was born near Yuma, Arizona on March 31, 1927 and died in 1993.

This morning, President Obama is heading to Keene, California, in the San Joaquin Valley where he'll pay tribute to the memory of Cesar Chavez.

Chavez's home and burial place, known as La Paz, will be designated a national monument.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the of the founding of the National Farm Workers Organization, which later became the United Farm Workers union.

For more on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez, we're joined by Matt Garcia, author of the book "From the Jaws of Victory: the Triumph and Tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the Farm Worker Movement."

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