Cesar Chavez Day Celebration on April 5

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City to Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on Saturday, April 5 with Focus on Immigration and Contributions of Immigrants

The 14th annual Davis César Chávez Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Davis Senior Center (646 A Street). The free event is sponsored by the City of Davis Human Relations Commission. Community members of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Download a copy of the event information flyer.

The Human Relations Commission has put together a dynamic program to focus on immigration issues that affect Davis, the state and the nation and to honor immigrant contributions. The Commission is pleased to present as Keynote Speaker Mr. Carlos Alcala, a West Sacramento-based activist who has a long history of addressing immigration issues and who knew Cesar Chavez. Mr. Alcala will not only share stories of his interactions with Chavez but will also bring to the conversation important dialogue about immigration.

To continue the dialogue, the Keynote Speaker will be complemented by a panel discussion, including audience participation, to delve deeper into the immigration issues affecting community members. Kirt Lewis of World Relief Sacramento, Amagda Perez of King School of Law and the Immigration Law Clinic, Eric Vega of CSU Sacramento and others will be on hand to share their professional insight and experiences.

In addition to discussion, there will be a Resource Fair showcasing local and regional organizations, including the UC Davis Chican@ Studies Department, the District English Language Learner Advisory Council, World Relief Sacramento, the Mexican Student Graduate Association, Covered California, the Davis Phoenix Coalition, Mga Kaptid UC Davis and other groups. These groups will be available through the entirety of the event.

The Chavez event will also feature entertainment through several forms. First, Francisco Alarcon, poet, will inspire attendees with his verse. For those who want to appeal to their visual senses, Fiesta Dance will perform salsa dances during the afternoon. And all attendees will be able to hear a reading of the “Prayer of the Farmworkers Struggle,” a poem penned by Chavez to convey the sacrifices and contributions of those who labor in the field.

The event commemorates the anniversary of César Chávez’s birthday. Chavez spoke at rallies in Davis’ Central Park during the tomato growers’ strikes in the 1970’s. One Chavez rally in Davis on August 11, 1974 was reported to have drawn over 2,000 attendees.

For more information, please Call (530) 757-5602.

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