Posts tagged "Cesar Chavez"

On Cesar Chavez Day remember farm workers need protection from pesticides

On Cesar Chavez Day remember farm workers need protection from pesticides
Many Mexican-Americans understand the legacy of farm work, because our parents or grandparents shared their stories of life in the fields. They worked hard so we could have a better life and education. My mother, born in Texas, picked cotton fields there. Her family later migrated to a tomato farm in Des Plaines, Ill. There... Read more »

Cesar Chavez film opens today

Cesar Chavez film opens today
Across the U.S., Mexican-Americans and other Latinos are gathering with families and friends to go see the Cesar Chavez movie, which opens today. This is the first feature film about Chavez, who co-founded the United Farm Workers with Dolores Huerta. It is directed by Mexican actor, Diego Luna, co-produced by Chicago-connected actor John Malkovich. It... Read more »

Chicago actor Michael Peña to star in new film about Cesar Chavez

Chicago actor Michael Peña to star in new film about Cesar Chavez
This Thanksgiving most of us celebrated with family and food. But as you enjoy your leftovers let us also honor those who toil in the fields to pick the apples and pumpkins that we used in our pies and the other fruits and vegetables we enjoyed. Farm workers have long labored for fair wages and... Read more »
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Arizona esta loco. Expect major immigration protest in Chicago on May Day.

Have they gone completely loco in Arizona? Activists gathered for Monday night vigil outside immigration detention center in Broadview. The Arizona Department of Education is going after teachers who speak with a heavy accent, according to a story by Miriam Jordan in The Wall Street Journal. And lawmakers also passed a bill targeting ethnic studies... Read more »

Hispanic hero: Dolores Huerta

It’s Hispanic Heritage month and I’m continuing with my occasional blog about a Hispanic hero. Today I’d like to recognize Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America. She worked along side Cesar Chavez in the fight for fair wages and treatment of the people who harvest our crops. She helped win basics... Read more »

Whole Foods, health care and the Virgin of Guadalupe

I read what the CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey, wrote against government funding of health care in The Wall Street Journal,  and I too had my doubts about whether to boycott Whole Foods. But a friend enticed me to check out the new Whole Foods at 1550 N. Kingsbury Ct. in Lincoln Park. Now... Read more »
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Viva Ted Kennedy

Latinos have always loved the Kennedy family. In 1960, they formed “Viva Kennedy” clubs across the country to support the candidacy of John F. Kennedy. But it was Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy who has left a legacy that all Americans and especially Latinos should be proud of. This legacy includes, the Civil Rights Act, the... Read more »