This Friday, March 31: CESAR CHAVEZ COMMEMORATION in San Jose, CA
- CESAR CHAVEZ COMMEMORATION
Friday, March 31, 2006, 6pm
SEIU Local 715, 2302 Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA 95131
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CESAR!
Come join the SEIU Local 715 Latino Caucus and friends, as we honor the life
work of Cesar Estrada Chavez with song, spoken word, food, vendors. Cesar is
the only person of indigenous ancestry and the only trade unionist to have a
holiday named in his honor.
A Call to Action Against Unfair and Dangerous Immigration Laws and Practices
such as the Sensenbrenner Bill, H.R. 4437, will be made at the event and in
a pre-event press conference. The Call will discuss broad community
opposition to the "Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration
Control Act", which is opposed nationally by over 500
organizations-including a large number of religious, community and business
groups. What is needed is a comprehensive revamping of national immigration
laws, which ensures a path to legalization, reunification of families,
workplace rights, and which promotes civil rights and liberties.
Doors will open at 5:30pm, to allow time to shop from local indigenous
vendors and to browse local community information tables. At 6:00pm we will
begin with a ceremonial dance prayer by Mexica Aztec Danzantes from Calpulli
Tonalehqueh. Following this, dinner will be served, for $5 a plate which
includes a drink. Elders (60+) and youth 17 and under eat for free.
The program will feature:
* Grupo Libertad - a local group of cultural artist singing songs from the
farmworkers movement. Canciones del movimiento campesino.
* Jose Montoya - will be the featured presenter. He is a renowned poeta,
musico y veterano of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement/ el Movimiento
Chicano! He is founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force, a cultural atist
collective and Casindio, his music group. Ajua!!
* Spoken word artists - Adriana Garcia, Joe Navarro y Lydia Zulema Martinez.
* Antithesis - the progressive sounds of indigenous hip-hop. Beats with
meaning. El sonido progresiva del hip-hop indigena.
* Lado Oriente - a local group out of San Jose's East Side will close out
the night with dance music featuring their hot cumbias!! Groove for the
cause. A gozar por la causa!
Also: A farm worker photo exhibit will be on display through April 8, by
David Bacon, Bay area photo and radio (KPFA) journalist.
Vendors: Pochtecayotl, Puro Chicanismo, Indigenous Revolution,
Cultura, Serco Silver.
Sponsors: SEIU Local 715 Latino Caucus, SEIU Local 1000 Latino Committee, El
Comite Cesar Chavez, SEIU Local 1877, UNITE HERE! Local 19, South bay Labor
Council AFL-CIO, P.U.R.E. - People United for Civil Rights and Equality.
Contact info: (408) 768-3247 or (408) 954-8715 ext. 11
SI SE PUEDE!
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