Senate Committee Passes Solis Bill to Honor Cesar Chavez

Washington, D.C. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 359, legislation introduced by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA) to honor Cesar E. Chavez. This legislation authorizes the U.S. Department of Interior to study lands important in the life of Cesar Chavez for possible inclusion into the National Park System.
“Chavez’s work to protect health, the environment and workers’ rights paved the way for me and many others to stand up for greater equality, to be courageous and to bring justice to those who cannot achieve it themselves,” said Solis. “I am proud that members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recognized the importance of honoring his work and diversifying our National Park System by passing this legislation and I hope the U.S. Senate will move quickly to consider this legislation. Through this effort, I hope that future generations better understand the importance of sacrifice and improving the lives of others.”
Chavez was born near Yuma, Ariz., and grew up in migrant labor camps where he suffered from the poverty of a migrant worker’s life. He tirelessly dedicated his life to championing the rights of farm laborers and all workers. Chavez is best known for his humility and strength in his peaceful fight to help farm workers attain social justice and freedom from exposure to poisonous chemicals, poor housing, discrimination, low wages and limited education opportunities. Along with Dolores Huerta, Chavez founded the United Farm Workers, an organization dedicated to garnering better wages, working conditions and respect for farm workers.
"This bill is a powerful vehicle to introduce a new generation of Americans to the life of Cesar Chavez and the history of farm labor movement," said United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez. "Honoring sites in Arizona, California, and other states associated with his life will keep his vital legacy alive and serve as an example for our future leaders, teaching them that through determination and hard work they can improve their own lives and communities."
This bill has been incorporated into S. 2483, a bipartisan bill which Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid will call to the Senate floor soon for passage. After the Senate passage S. 2483, the bill must be passed by the House and signed by the President to become law. A resolution sponsored by California State Senator Elaine Alquist in support of H.R. 359 was filed with the California Secretary of State on September 18, 2007.


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