This year, Farmworker Awareness Week took place from March 29 through April 4. Farmworker Awareness Week (FAW) is a nation-wide week of action for students and community members to raise awareness about farm worker issues on their campuses and in their communities during the week of Cesar Chavez’ birthday. The week honors his legacy as a leader of the farm worker movement. NFWM and NFWM-YAYA co-sponsor the week, along with Student Action with Farm Workers, farm worker unions and community organizations.
Arturo Rodriguez, UFW President, talks to students at University of So. California at Long Beach during the Cesar Chavez event, March 26, 2009.
In the spring, NFWM traditionally encourages each of our supporters to celebrate Cesar’s birthday by sharing your commitment to farm worker justice with others. Your commitment changes others.
Use this time of celebration & remembrance to continue Cesar’s work. Look over the ideas and resources below and choose something that works for you.
Marches, masses, and presentations held at churches and universities were part of many events that commemorated Farm Worker Awareness Week and celebrated Cesar Chavez’s birthday (March 31) and legacy in California.
On March 28, farm workers and their supporters held a “Gran Marcha” for justice in Hermiston, Oregon, organized by the United Farm Workers union. (see photo)
And on Tuesday, March 31st,in Oregon:
A Governor’s Proclamation honoring Farm Worker Awareness Week was presented at a noontime rally honoring César Chávez on his birthday, March 31, on the steps of the state capitol in Salem.
The Multnomah County Commissioners presented their own proclamation honoring Farm Worker Awareness Week and César Chávez at the County Building in Portland.
The Portland State University MeCHA(Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán)group sponsored a march for farm worker justice.
Governor Ted Kulongoski’s Proclamation designating March 29 to April 4 “Farm Worker Awareness Week” and recognizing both the contribution of farm workers to Oregon’s well-being and the continuing struggle for justice in the work place will be presented at a public ceremony at the state capitol in Salem at noon on Tuesday, March 31, the birthday of farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez. For the first time, similar proclamations have been issued by the Multnomah County Commissioners and the Portland City Council, adding further legitimacy to the farm worker movement.