Angela Saxton: How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

2016 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest, 1st place Winner, Adult Category

How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

By:  Angela Saxton, Atlanta, GA

 

My introduction to the Civil Rights Movement began early, with conversations on the couch with my father discussing what it means to be “of color” in the USA. In my early years of education the civil rights movement was presented to me as three paragraphs in my history book. While in college violent images of the movement were burned into my growing conscious and cognizant mind; as a student seeking the experiences of civil right leaders through the academic disciplines of African American Lit and Ethnic studies. Caesar Chavez was one civil rights leader that helped me understand the breadth of the movement and its impact on the identity of those that constitute working America. Caesar Chavez’s leadership in labor organizing for farm workers prompted in me, vivid memories of my first high school job where I received my first lesson in the colors of inequality, justice and change.

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Melissa Medrano: Why Should we have a Holiday honoring Cesar Chavez?

2016 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest 1st place Winner, ESOL Category

Why Should we have a Holiday honoring Cesar Chavez?

by Melissa Medrano, Chestatee High School, Gainesville, GA

Cesar Chavez’s legacy is everywhere and his contributions to this country should not be forgotten. The United States government should implement a national holiday honoring Cesar for his important contributions to ensure that the millions of people who bring safe, healthy foods to the American people were treated fairly. Society should know who stood up and broke the silence for those who were not considered to have rights.

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Sthefany Pedraza Jaimes: How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

2016 Cesar Chavez Essay Contest 1st Place Winner, High School Category
How has Cesar Chavez influenced your life and what impact will his work have on your future?

By:  Sthefany Pedraza Jaimes, Chestatee High School, Gainesville, GA

Cesar Chavez has a place of admiration and respect not only from me but also from those people who like his example, want to overcome and live in an environment of peace. The history and legacy of Cesar Chavez begins near Yuma, Arizona, where he was born o n March 31, 1927. He moved to California where he had to work, as many of immigrants do, in the fields, to support his family. During the time he worked in the fields, he found the reason what he would dedicate his life on, try to obtain rights for farm workers. Rights such as lower wages and better working conditions.

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Georgia Civil Rights Leaders Urge Their Senators to Do Their Job on Supreme Court Nominee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2016
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, Simpson@civilrights.org

Georgia Civil Rights Leaders Urge Their Senators to Do Their Job on Supreme Court Nominee

ATLANTA – Today, Georgia civil rights leaders conducted a press call to urge their senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, to give a fair hearing and a timely vote for the forthcoming nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Press Release: Georgia Legislature moves forward ‘Trump-like’ anti-immigrant agenda

Press Release:  Georgia Legislature moves forward ‘Trump-like’ anti-immigrant agenda

Georgia will be seen internationally as hostile to foreigners and foreign investment
Press Release

For Immediate Release

March 1, 2016

Media Contact: Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO,jerry@galeo.org, 404.745.2580.

(Atlanta, GA) Three anti-immigrant bills on GALEO’s legislative agenda advanced in their respective chamber by the crossover deadline. Senate Bill 6 and Senate Resolution 675 passed out of the Georgia Senate on February 29th and House Bill 781 passed out of the Georgia House on February 26th.

Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO, said, “The anti-immigrant legislative package which has moved forward will paint Georgia as an unwelcoming state, which shuns foreigners. This is not good for Georgia’s economic development efforts at all.”

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ADL Disappointed That Immigration Politics Scuttled Nomination of First Federal Latino Judge in Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mark Moskowitz
mmoskowitz@adl.org; 404-262-3470

ADL Disappointed That Immigration Politics Scuttled Nomination of First Federal Latino Judge in Georgia

Atlanta, GA, January 21, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep disappointment that the federal judicial nomination of State Court Judge Dax Lopez was scuttled by immigration politics and hateful rhetoric. Judge Lopez would have been Georgia’s first federal Latino judge.

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