Senator Boxer: Honoring Cesar Chavez   

Thursday, November 12, 2009  

Dear Friend:

I am very pleased to tell you that Congress has passed my bill to name a post office after labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

My bill, S. 748, would rename the office at 2777 Logan Avenue in San Diego the “Cesar E. Chavez Post Office.”   S. 748 passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on November 5th and was approved by the Senate in August.  I am grateful to Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), who steered this bill through the House.  

Born on March 31, 1927, Cesar Chavez began his life on a small farm near Yuma, Arizona.  When his family lost the farm during the Great Depression and moved to California, Cesar at age 10 became a migrant farm worker, laboring in fields and vineyards.

Cesar Chavez’s early experiences gave him the determination to create the Community Service Organization to ensure protections for farm workers.  This organization developed into the United Farm Workers of America, the largest farm workers union in U.S. history.

Chavez served in the Navy during World War II.  He died in 1993 and was the second Mexican-American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.

I was proud to author this bill to honor Cesar Chavez for being such a great leader of people who needed basic fairness and justice.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer, US Senator, California
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer