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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
Cesar Chavez Foundation
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.”
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
Bitwise is providing free grocery delivery for elderly or sick people. Send your name, address and shopping list to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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:
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
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.
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.
Ybarra Village, An Affordable Housing Development Near Completion, Set to Achieve LEED for Homes Gold Certification
Ybarra Village, a joint effort by the Cesar Chavez Foundation and New Directions for Veterans (NDVets), is a new affordable housing community development in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Set to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, the residential community will feature 64 units as well as on-site social service programs for veterans provided by NDVets. Thirty six units will be reserved for homeless veterans, some with special needs, and 27 will be designated for seniors with a preference for senior veterans.
“The LEED Gold Certification reinforces our commitment to inspiring and transforming communities in a way that promotes sustainability,” said Alfredo Izmajtovich, Executive Vice President of Housing and Economic Development for the Cesar Chavez Foundation. “We are proud to work with New Directions for Veterans in building sustainable and affordable living spaces for veterans in need of housing. We are setting the bar for what can be achieved both individually and community wide.”
Ybarra Village will provide a number of sustainable building methods in order to promote sustainability as well as result in lower utility bills for residents. Water efficiency will be observed in the properties’ planned landscaping which will include an efficient irrigation system for a variety of drought tolerant plants and tree species that require low water and low maintenance needs, in addition to a shut-off valve, sub-metering for the irrigation system, drip irrigation for 50% of planning beds, timer or controller for each water area, pressure-regulating devices and moisture sensor or rain delay controllers. In the interior units, water conservation will be achieved by the installation of efficient plumbing fixtures including low flow toilets, shower heads and faucets in both kitchens and bathrooms. Additionally, all kitchens will have Energy Star dishwashing machines that will use less than 6.0 gallons per cycle.
Energy efficiency will be observed by a number of practices including the use of a high efficiency HVAC system, light fixtures and the use of rooftop solar water photovoltaic panels which will produce solar thermal panels which will pre-heat water for the domestic hot water system. Energy efficient washing and drying machines will be installed in the laundry rooms. The units which also include energy efficiency appliances including refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves.
There are a number of areas designated for residents’ use including two ample outdoor courtyards with tables and benches and a barbeque grill for group gatherings or individual use to encourage residents to spend time outdoors. Additionally, the property includes a large community room, leasing office and office spaces for case management and resident services staff. Ybarra Village will provide 53 parking spaces for resident use and service staff and a number of electric vehicle “EV- ready” chargers as well as 64 resident bicycle parking racks.
The property’s location is centrally located in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. The amenity-rich neighborhood is within walking distance of grocery stores, shops, restaurants, schools and public transportation including Metro Buses and the Expo Line.
New residents will receive basic operations and training including a one-hour walkthrough of all features within their units so they can learn about the new sustainable LEED building and the many environmental benefits of Ybarra Village.
Trammell Crow Company (TCC), its subsidiary High Street Residential, the Cesar Chavez Foundation and Principal Real Estate Investors, in a public-private partnership with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Museum and the County of Los Angeles, are pleased to announce the grand opening of LA Plaza Village. The new destination, which is inspired by a modern interpretation of a Mexican hillside town, features 355 apartments, 20 percent of which are affordable housing units, 43,000 square feet of retail space and several public open spaces. The grand opening celebration will take place on Thursday, September 12th, while resident move-ins began earlier this year.
LA Plaza Village spans a total of 425,000 square feet across two full city blocks and includes four buildings that range from five to eight stories. In addition to nearly an acre of public open space, a pedestrian paseo lined with landscaping and retail shops passes through the development, linking LA Plaza Village to the Fort Moore Memorial, Olvera Street and Union Station. At the mouth of the paseo is a symbol of the unifying theme of the project, a specimen Sycamore tree, inspired by the historic El Aliso tree that stood in the Los Angeles basin for centuries.
“LA Plaza Village is as much about connectivity and open space for the public as it is about a needed supply of market rate and affordable residential apartments. The project, with its 43,000 square feet of retail space and pedestrian paseo, was designed to bring people together and honor the history of this neighborhood and the vitality of the Mexican-American traditions that LA Plaza Village is a part of,” said Brad Cox of Trammell Crow Company. “A tremendous amount of thought and research went into this project from a cultural perspective and it’s our hope that LA Plaza Village becomes another symbol of the vibrant blend of culture and history that makes up this area of Downtown LA.”
In addition to retail, the project includes more than 70 units of affordable housing.
“We’re proud to work with High Street Residential to bring much-needed affordable housing to moderate and low-income residents in Los Angeles,” said Alfredo Izmajtovich, Executive Vice President of the Cesar Chavez Foundation. “This community, 20 percent of which is affordable, brings comfortable, aesthetically appealing homes with high-quality amenities to residents that need them most, enabling underserved communities to succeed on all fronts. It is the first of many similar projects that our foundation is undertaking as a long-term effort to build wealth and lasting change in our communities.”
The Cesar Chavez Foundation is moving its 4,000-square-foot headquarters to LA Plaza Village early next year.
Johnson Fain, whose headquarters is blocks from the project, served as architect.
“As designers, we were inspired by both the profound modern tradition of Mexican Modernism and the present-day vitality of the Mexican American communities in our midst,” said Scott Johnson, a design partner at Johnson Fain. “Vibrant colors, lush plantings, tiled paving, and spirited graphics come together to celebrate LA Plaza in the heart of Los Angeles.”
In addition to new residents, restaurateurs and retailers, LA Plaza Village is also home to LA Plaza Cocina, a 2,700-square-foot museum, retail space and teaching kitchen that is a project of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, an institution dedicated to the culture of the Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles.
“LA Plaza Village marks the fulfillment of another major milestone for our organization that began in 2011 with the opening of our museum and will continue with the opening of our Historic Paseo Walkway in 2019 and Cocina in 2020. These projects have helped spark a new cultural and economic revival in the historic heart of downtown,” said Lupe de la Cruz III, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Board Chair. “We especially thank our founder and former LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina for her vision and leadership and our partners, Trammell Crow Company and the Cesar Chavez Foundation, for making that dream a reality.”
LA Plaza Village also features one-of-a-kind murals curated by four local artists – Judithe Hernandez, Miguel Angel Reyes, Jose Lozano and Barbara Carrasco – each with their own voice and designs that celebrate the Mexican-American experience. The developer collaborated with public art agency Now Art LA with hopes to ignite a new mural corridor along Broadway Street.
“We were honored to be a part of this project showcasing Los Angeles based Mexican American artists who have made an important cultural impact and contribution to our City,” said Carmen Zella of Now Art. “The artists who were selected thought carefully about their designs to create a visual story along the corridor of Broadway, transforming this passage into a cultural landmark.”
Over the course of LA Plaza Village’s four-year construction period, the project has employed more than 3,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 local area workers, and 671 apprentices, including 218 local apprentices. The general contractor is Morley Builders.
The High Street Residential and Trammell Crow Company team involved in this project included Brad Cox, Greg Ames, Christina Lee, Doreen Liou, Clyde Wright, Carlos Diaz, Abbey Ehman and Alex Valente.
A CBRE team lead by Derrick Moore is leasing the development’s retail space, which includes a number of shops, restaurants and a neighborhood serving drugstore.
Cesar Chavez Foundation to break ground on high-quality affordable housing community in Austin named for the late Texas legislator Lena Guerrero
Foundation President Paul Chavez, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk to speak at August 30 event
Austin, TX (August 27, 2019) – The Cesar Chavez Foundation (CCF) is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on August 30 at 10:00 a.m. for a new affordable housing community in Austin. Los Portales de Lena Guerrero, named for former community activist and railroad commissioner Lena Guerrero, will feature 97 units of affordable housing for families including four permanent supportive units for transitional-aged youth.
“We’re pleased to break ground on our second affordable housing community in Austin to address the needs of Latinos and working families. It’s fitting to name this property after Lena Guerrero, a positive force in the community who fought tirelessly for farmworkers and the disenfranchised,” said Paul Chavez, President, Cesar Chavez Foundation. “She embodied the values of our organization’s founder, civil rights and farm labor leader Cesar Chavez.”
The community will house a Si Se Puede Learning Center, CCF’s flagship afterschool program available to young residents. The property will feature a picnic area, playground and multi-use community space as well as provide housing and resources for transitional-aged youth in the Austin area.
The property is named after Lena Guerrero, whose work championed the rights of farmworkers. She was the second female Hispanic elected to the Texas Legislature where she was known as one of the state’s most effective lawmakers. In 1991, she became the first woman and first Hispanic to serve on the Railroad Commission of Texas where she led the effort to help independent oil and gas producers increase production in Texas at a time when the industry was struggling, and was a strong advocate for the use of alternative fuels.
The Cesar Chavez Foundation, in partnership with PepsiCo, invite students of Latino descent who are beginning or continuing their studies at higher educational institutions in Arizona and California’s Central Valley to apply for the PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund. To learn more about eligibility and requirements, click here.
• Student must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in extra-curricular activities, a commitment to volunteer service in the communityand financial need.
• Student must be an incoming or continuing full-time undergraduate student at any education institution for the 2019- 2020 Academic Year.
• Student must be registered full time.
• Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
• Scholarship is available to U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident,Undocumented, DACA, CA Dreamer or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA).
• Student must be a resident and attending a college in Arizona or California’s Central Valley.