Saturday, April 01, 2006

Remembering Cesar Chavez, Embracing Hugo Chavez

In Los Angeles today hundreds of hispanic workers marched to commemorate the 79th birthday of civil rights hero Cesar Chavez. Until his death in 1993, Chavez campaigned for better conditions and pay for farm workers by forming the United Farm Workers. March organizers say the march will celebrate his "legacy of non-violence and respect for working people, including farm workers." Chavez also won the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

At the same time as we honor Chavez's work with the American farmers, we need to continue our support of Hugo Chavez who has brought Cesar Chavez's legacy to Latin America. Under his rule, the Venezuelan government has raised standards for farm conditions and also redistributed land back to the landless peasants.