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First Lady visits Forty Acres on Cesar Chavez’s birthday

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Dr. Jill Biden honoring a man who spent his life serving others as 1,000s of farm workers are vaccinated where the union began in Delano—250 more workers getting shots on Cesar Chavez’s March 31 birthday

Delano, Calif.—Dr. Jill Biden honors a man who dedicated his life to serving others by spending Cesar Chavez’s birthday, Wednesday, March 31, at the historic “Forty Acres” property where the union began outside Delano and where thousands of farm workers are being vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Biden will participate as another 250 workers get vaccinated on Wednesday. Vaccination clinics there have administered about 1,100 shots each weekend over the previous three weeks in March through a partnership between the Cesar Chavez Foundation (which owns and manages the Forty Acres), United Farm Workers, UFW Foundation, Kern County Latino COVID-19 Task Force, Kern County and Kern Medical Center.

The Chavez foundation’s network of Spanish- and English-language radio stations has encouraged farm workers to call the bilingual toll free call centers of UFW Foundation and the Latino COVID-19 task force for appointments to get their shots. They are administered at the Forty Acres by staff from Kern Medical Center that handles check-in and administration.

Vaccinations are open to all farm workers 18 years and older at no charge and regardless of immigration status. No health insurance or doctor’s order is required.

The First Lady will be greeted and meet at the Forty Acres with farm worker movement leaders, farm workers, Chavez family members and staff and volunteers who have been organizing the vaccinations throughout the month of March.

Agricultural workers have turned to the Forty Acres with their problems since the 1960s. The 40-acre grounds include the spacious Reuther Hall where medical personnel set up shop. Workers and other Latinos have regularly visited the Forty Acres during the pandemic for distribution of large quantities of emergency food and face masks.

An adobe-brick former co-op service station at the entrance to the complex is where Cesar Chavez fasted for 25 days to rededicate the UFW to nonviolence and where he was joined by Senator Robert F. Kennedy when the fast ended on March 10, 1968. “It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life,” Chavez said in a statement read for him because he was so weak.

Dr. Biden will visit that structure, which includes a large storeroom displaying photos of the 1965-1970 Delano grape strike and the small restored room where Chavez fasted in 1968. The Forty Acres was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 2008.

Dr. Biden will also meet with farm workers. Farm labor issues have evolved over time, but today coalesce around the UFW- and UFW Foundation-sponsored Farm Workforce Modernization Act letting immigrant field laborers earn legal status and a path to citizenship by continuing to work in agriculture, which President Biden strongly backs.

“Just as farm worker issues have evolved through the years—and our movement with them—it is powerful to see historic sites such as Forty Acres evolving with new purposes,” said United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero. “It’s also heartening when people in positions of power take the time to meet with and understand farm workers and the barriers they face. Most urgent for them now is immigration justice and the path forward with the Farm Workforce Modernization Act.”

“We are honored by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s visit to the Cesar Chavez Day vaccination event in Delano,” said UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres. “Farm workers have put their lives at risk during the pandemic to feed this nation and they want protection from COVID-19. Through partnerships like the one at the Forty Acres, we’ve been able to provide thousands of farm workers access to vaccines. We will continue to work with the Biden Administration to ensure that life-saving vaccines reach farm workers throughout the country.” 

“For us, the Forty Acres is sacred ground,” said Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul F. Chavez. “It was the first permanent home for our movement and where my father fasted for 25 days in 1968, calling on all of us to dedicate ourselves to serving others. So what better way to keep my dad’s legacy alive today than by vaccinating farm workers here at the Forty Acres? What more fitting way for Dr. Biden to honor him than by taking part in helping protect farm workers who have suffered so disproportionately from COVID-19?”

Some 63 miles away, southeast of Bakersfield at the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, is the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument where Chavez lived and labored his last quarter century, and where he is buried with his wife, Helen. It is the 398th unit of the National Park Service and administered in partnership by the park service and the National Chavez Center, part of the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

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A Legacy of Service Virtual Video Series

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Join the Cesar Chavez Foundation for “A Legacy of Service,” a new virtual series bringing together experts, thought leaders, and activists to learn about the values Cesar Chavez epitomized as a way to inspire others to take action. These pre-recorded conversations are available online and available to everyone.

“A Legacy of Service” premieres here on Cesar Chavez Day, March 31. Join Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul Chavez and UFW President Teresa Romero in conversation as they discuss Cesar Chavez’s bold vision for a strong farmworkers’ union as well as services that would support that union by building communities up beyond the workplace. Learn about Cesar’s ambitious vision, and how half a century later, the lasting and ongoing effects of his work continue to transcend even his original aim.

Premiering March 31, 2021: Paul Chavez In Conversation with Teresa Romero 

Join us in encouraging our community, friends, and family members to learn more about Cesar Chavez’s legacy. #legacyofservice.

 

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President Biden’s Oval Office displaying Cesar Chavez bust

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Cesar Chavez Foundation sends sculpture to White House from Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

 

Keene, Calif.—A bronze bust of civil rights and farm labor leader Cesar Chavez is on display in President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Oval Office. The 9 by 22” bronze sculpture on a granite pedestal by artist Paul A. Suarez had been on display in the Visitor Center of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, the 398th unit of the National Park Service (NPS). This is where Chavez lived and labored his last quarter century and where he is buried alongside his wife, Helen, in the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, Calif. southeast of Bakersfield.

 

The President-elect’s transition team requested the artwork for the Oval Office and it was shipped to the White House by the Cesar Chavez Foundation, which through its arm, the National Chavez Center (NCC), helps administer the national monument in a partnership with the park service.

 

“Placing a bust of my father in the Oval Office symbolizes the hopeful new day that is dawning for our nation,” said Paul F. Chavez, Chavez’s middle son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation. “That isn’t just because it honors my dad, but more importantly because it represents faith and empowerment for an entire people on whose behalf he fought and sacrificed.”

 

“The most important quality about Cesar Chavez I wanted to convey with this sculpture was his compassion,” affirmed the artist, Paul Suarez. “It was created 25 years ago, relying heavily on research and input from people who were close to him.”

 

The historic Keene property, encompassing 187 acres, is managed collaboratively by the National Chavez Center and National Park Service. It includes three acres NCC donated to the park service to create the national monument when it was dedicated by President Obama during a ceremony in 2012. The Cesar Chavez Foundation and United Farm Workers are also headquartered on the grounds.

 

Suarez, 62, is a native of the west Central Valley farm town of Hanford, Calif. who now resides with his family in Tennessee. Self-taught, he has worked in bronze and stone as well as painted on canvas.

Students from the Salandini Villa Si Se Puede Learning Center present a Cesar Chavez Day play

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Every year students from Si Se Puede Learning Centers across California and the Southwest choose a service learning project in honor of Cesar Chavez Day. Students from Salandini Villa Apartments in Parlier, Calif. chose to reenact a play inspired by Cesar Chavez. They spent months rehearsing their lines and building a set and props in preparation for their big performance. Sadly, due to the coronavirus outbreak all in-person programs were canceled. However, the show must go on! Enjoy an animation version of their production.

 

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Statement from Cesar Chavez Foundation President Paul F. Chavez: “We stand in solidarity…”

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Our hearts are heavy as we offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others whose senseless deaths reflect the systemic racism that has plagued this country for hundreds of years.

 

Black lives matter. It is incumbent upon our society as a whole to acknowledge and address institutional racism in order to enact change that has been missing for far too long.

 

As the Cesar Chavez Foundation carries out its daily work of inspiring and transforming communities, it is important for us to remember the words that Dr. King wrote to Cesar Chavez, “Our separate struggles are really one–a struggle for freedom, for dignity and for humanity.”

 

We stand in solidarity with our black brothers and sisters in the fight for a more equitable and just society.

 

Paul F. Chavez
President
Cesar Chavez Foundation

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World Central Kitchen & Farm Worker Movement Distribute Meals for Farm Worker Families

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Delano, Calif.—More than 1,000 meals were distributed Wednesday in Delano to families suffering amidst the coronavirus pandemic, launching a joint effort by the UFW Foundation and World Central Kitchen, in coordination with the United Farm Workers and Cesar Chavez Foundation, that will expand throughout many farm worker communities in California. The meals passed out at the movement’s Forty Acres property west of Delano were prepared by local restaurants. Meals will be provided at least once a week in Delano and in each of the farm worker communities that will be served through this partnership. Farm worker communities are being notified of the food distribution through the Cesar Chavez Foundation radio networks, La Campesina and Forge.

Since its founding, World Central Kitchen has served more than 17 million meals to those impacted by natural disasters and other crises around the world, including the coronavirus global pandemic.

 

Nate Mook, chief executive officer of World Central Kitchen, said, “Farm workers truly are the backbone of America’s food system … without them, there would be nothing at our grocery stores and farmers markets, no food on our plates. We’re proud to stand beside this community and help uplift them at this vital time, working with and supporting local restaurants to serve not only meals to farm workers and their families, but also dignity and hope for the future.”

 

Diana Tellefson Torres, executive director of the UFW Foundation affirmed, “Farm workers and their families remain some of the most vulnerable during this pandemic even though they are officially defined as essential workers. Our partnership with World Central Kitchen, local restaurants and sister organizations in the farm worker movement provides relief and is a sign of hope for thousands of families that have been especially hard hit.”

 

Teresa Romero, president of the United Farm Workers, stated, “It is an especially tragic irony that too many of the people who produce the food that sustains all of us are in need during the crisis. These meals are also important because too many farm workers who are undocumented receive no benefits such as unemployment insurance and taxpayer checks from relief measures such as the $2.2 trillion stimulus law recently passed by Congress.”

 

Paul Chavez, president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation, said, “The Cesar Chavez Foundation is proud to be a partner in this important effort taking place at the historic Forty Acres. Through actions like food distributions, my father’s legacy lives on and continues to inspire and transform our most vulnerable communities during these difficult times.”

 

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Fresno County Family Resources During COVID-19

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Recursos durante COVID-19 (Fresno)

INCOME LOSS / PÉRDIDA DE INGRESOS

If your income has been affected by COVID-19, please visit the following website to apply for Disability Insurance, Paid Family Leave or Unemployment Insurance:

Si su ingreso se ha visto afectado por COVID-19, visite el siguiente sitio web para solicitar un seguro por discapacidad, licencia familiar pagada o seguro de desempleo:

English
Español

 

MEALS AT SCHOOL / COMIDAS EN LA ESCUELA:

Please contact your student’s school for information on free breakfast and lunch for students.

Por favor vea el folleto de Distrito Escolar Unificado Parlier para DESAYUNO Y ALMUERZO GRATIS para estudiantes.

 

FOOD ASSISTANCE (Fresno County) / ASISTENCIA DE ENTREGA DE COMIDA 

California Food Bank is providing family size pantry boxes. Visit www.ccfodbank.org/food-locator/ or call (559) 237-3663 for list of locations. Están proporcionando cajas de despensa de tamaño familiar.

Visite www.ccfodbank.org/food-locator/ o llame al (559) 237-3663 para obtener una lista de ubicaciones

Catholic Charities is providing meals, diapers and other essential supplies.

Hay pañales, comida y despensa para las familias en necesidad. Esta abierto todos los lunes a viernes de las 8:30- 12:15 pm y 1:00-3:45 pm.

Address/Dirección: 149 N. Fulton St. from 8:30 am-4 pm
Phone: (559) 237-0851

Fresno EOC WIC provides support for pregnant women and children under 5 years old living in low to medium household incomes.
Call (559) 263-1150 or text “fresnoeocwic” to 45778 or visit www.fresnoeoc.org/wic.

WIC ofrece apoyo para las mujeres embarazadas y para los niños menores de cinco años que son de bajos ingresos.

United Way offers resource support for families in need of food, shelter, childcare, mental health and transportation. Hotline: 211.

Ofrecen ayuda adicional en cuidado de niños, hogares, transportación, y ayuda para cuidada medical en salud mental. Parque al 211 para hablar con un representante.

Halo Café Fresno County Pet Food Pantry provides free pet food for low-income, elderly and the homeless community. Call (559) 485-6717 or contact info@halocafe.org.

Ofrece alimentos para mascotas gratuitos para la comunidad de personas de bajos ingresos, ancianos y personas sin hogar. Llame al (559) 485-6717 o contacte a info@halocafe.org.

Bitwise is providing free grocery delivery for elderly or sick people. Send your name, address and shopping list to groceries@bitwiseindustries.com or call (559) 460-7809.

Bitwise está proporcionando entrega gratuita de comestibles para personas mayores o enfermas. Envíe su nombre, dirección y lista de compras a groceries@bitwiseindustries.com o llama al (559) 460-7809

Khalsa Aid International is offering grocery and meal delivery for seniors, immunocompromised people and low-income families. Call: (559) 241-9554 or (559) 287-5717.

Khalsa Aid International está ofreciendo comestibles y entrega de comidas para personas mayores, personas inmunocomprometidas y familias de escasos recursos. Llama al: (559) 241-9554 o (559) 287-5717

 

FREE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHEETS / HOJAS DE TRABAJO EDUCATIVAS GRATUITAS:

Common Core Standards for K-5th: Common Core para K-5to
Preschool-12th Grade: Preescolar-12o Grado

Khan Academy

Math/Matemáticas: Prodigy

Science/Ciencias: Mystery Doug; National Geographic

Reading/Lectura: Squiggle Park; Storyline

History/Historia: History for Kids

 

SERVICES / SERVICIOS:

Comcast: Providing unlimited data to customers for no extra charge, not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees if you cannot pay their bill. Providing 60 days of free basic internet to new customers.

Brindar datos ilimitados a los clientes sin cargo adicional, sin desconectar el servicio de Internet o cobrar cargos por pagos atrasados si no puede pagar su factura. Proporciona 60 días de Internet básico gratuito a nuevos clientes.

PG&E: Will not disconnect if you don’t pay and offer flexible payment plans.

No se desconectará si no paga y ofrece planes de pago flexibles.

AT&T/Verizon: Will not disconnect if you don’t pay and waiving late fees.

No se desconectará si no paga y renuncia a los cargos por pagos atrasados

 

*Some resources provided by The Fresno Bee / *Algunos recursos provistos por The Fresno Bee
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Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards Gala Postponed

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The Cesar Chavez Foundation is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff, partners, and the communities we serve.

Based on the recommendation by California Governor Gavin Newsom and public health officials to postpone or cancel large gatherings, as well as our own internal discussions, the Foundation will be postponing the Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards Gala until September 2020. We look forward to this annual event as it gives the Foundation staff and our friends an opportunity to enjoy an evening together and honor individuals who embody the legacy of Cesar Chavez. Though we are disappointed that we have to postpone this event, the Cesar Chavez Foundation is taking all necessary precautions to minimize the possibility of COVID-19 exposure to guests, honorees, and staff.

Please follow our social channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for continued updates.

We appreciate your understanding and collaboration as we respond to this developing situation. Thank you for your continued support as we work to inspire and transform communities.