Cesar Chavez Celebration

March 31st is Cesar Chavez’s birthday and in the state of California, it is an official holiday. Here in Oakland, Local 21 again sponsored a Cesar Chavez Celebration to remember and honor his work. Juanita Velasquez and her crew of amazing volunteers helped coordinate this very special event.

Our honored guest speaker this year was Cesar Chavez Jr, the grandson of the iconic labor organizer, who spoke at length about his grandfather’s legacy. Elected representatives including Mayor Libby Schaaf, Council members Abel Guillen (D-2) and Rebecca Kaplan (At-Large), and City Auditor Brenda Roberts attended. Council member Guillen presented Cesar Chavez, Jr with a City of Oakland gold pin and Local 21 donated a $500 honorarium to the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

Close to 200 members attended the event with many bringing canned food for donation to the Alameda County Food Bank.

This annual celebration started 13 years ago when Local 21 and other City unions first proposed making Cesar Chavez’s birthday an official holiday for City of Oakland employees. Together with you, this will be the year we make it happen!