Saturday, March 31, 2012
Sign the Petition for a NationalToday we celebrate Cesar Chavez' March 31 birthday. The United Farm Workers and the Cesar Chavez Foundation are supporting the grassroots efforts of the Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday Coalition and U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) in their efforts to make Cesar's March 31 birthday a federal holiday.
Cesar Chavez Holiday!
Will you help us? Sign the petition today. Then help us spread the word by sharing the petition on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail it to friends, downloading the petition and sign people up at Cesar Chavez observances and other events.
Cesar's March 31 birthday is is already celebrated as a holiday in ten states (AZ, CA, CO, IL, MI, NM, RI, TX, UT and WI). On March 1, Rep. Baca introduced legislation in the House of Representatives for the current congressional session that encourages the fourth Friday of every March to be observed as "Cesar E. Chavez Day."
Cesar was, in Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's words, "one of the heroic figures of our time." He led the historic non-violent movement for farm worker rights and dedicated himself to building a movement of poor working people that extended beyond the fields and into cities and towns across the nation.
He inspired farm workers and millions of people who never worked on a farm to commit themselves to social, economic and civil rights activism. Cesar's legacy, like the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., continues to educate, inspire and empower people from all walks of life. He is a role model for all Americans and for generations to come.
Please help us ensure all Americans learn about Cesar's life and work. The Cesar Chavez National Holiday Coalition is gathering signatures on petitions asking Congress to designate March 31, Cesar's birthday and the day the UFW was founded, as Cesar Chavez Day.
Sign the petition today. Help ensure Cesar's legacy is recognized and celebrated throughout our nation with a federal paid holiday and a day of service and learning in our public schools.
Si Se Puede!
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| "Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And his cause lives on. As farm workers and laborers across America continue to struggle for fair treatment and fair wages, we find strength in what Cesar Chavez accomplished so many years ago. And we should honor him for what he's taught us about making America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation. That's why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez's birthday a national holiday. It's time to recognize the contributions of this American icon." |
"It's supremely important that a day be selected to honor the life of Mr. Cesar Chavez for his quality of service to all humanity. His supreme cry of si se puede will forever resonate as a positive motivator as words of light."
"He evoked a spirit and a challenge to all of us to do what was right for it’s own sake. “A national holiday honoring Cesar Chavez would secure his profound legacy."
"Cesar Chavez deserves to be honored with a National Holiday. His life is a beacon of light toward the advancements of all cultures...Lived the life of one who is truly enlightened by the wisdom embodied in love, kindness and forgiveness. He, like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and others understood the meaning of non-violent social change...Cesar Chavez is truly a gift to humanity."
--Edward James Olmos
"The struggles Cesar Chavez was engaged in and the victories he achieved for civil rights, labor rights and the environment helped people throughout our nation....In these times of economic hardship and strife around the world, it is essential that Cesar’s legacy continues to inspire others to work for the fair and just treatment of all people."
--U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.)
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We need to speak out now to make sure AARP, the powerful lobbying group that claims to represent 40 million older Americans, doesn’t sell us out by supporting cuts to Social Security.
According to a recent story in the Huffington Post, AARP’s CEO is convening a small group of Washington insiders to discuss the future of Social Security.
This closed meeting will be heavily stacked with “powerful Washington establishment figures who are on record favoring cuts to Social Security and Medicare.”
Tell AARP: Listen to your members, not to the lobbyists and other special interests representing the “1 percent.”
Contrast this to the leadership shown by the AFL-CIO who just called for Social Security benefits to be "increased across the board, while pointing out that Social Security is a “key solution to our retirement crisis.”
Last year AARP faced a massive backlash when its board dropped its opposition to cutting Social Security and its policy director publicly signaled a willingness to consider benefit cuts.
Tell AARP: Be a leader, demand that Social Security COLAs for seniors and people with disability take into account the high health care costs they face.
After the public outcry, AARP backtracked and claimed it did not in fact support cutting Social Security.
But now it looks like AARP is at it again, and this time backtracking will not be good enough. We need the AARP to stand up and fight for the benefits their members have earned through their hard work and payroll tax contributions.
Ironically, while the CEO of AARP is set to hold a private meeting with people who want to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, the organization has also just launched an effort where it is advertising that it will “simply listen and gather information” and “give everyday Americans a chance to weigh in with proposals and recommendations” on the future of Social Security and Medicare.
So if there’s ever a time to speak out to AARP, it’s now.
The wealthiest nation in the world can certainly afford a decent retirement for those who have contributed to building this nation throughout their lives.
Thank you for taking action to protect Social Security.
Strengthen Social Security Campaign
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