March 31, 2023
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Nation's Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Calls for a National Holiday In Honor of Civil Rights Leader and Supports U.S. Senator Alex Padilla’s Resolution for a Cesar Chavez National Park

Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today celebrates the birthdate of Latino civil rights and farmworker leader, Cesar Chavez with a grito of happy birthday and a call to action as activities in his name are taking place around the country.

"As someone who marched with you, I wish you feliz cumpleaños and say la causa continues, and today la lucha brought us to Houston, Texas to stop the takeover of the disenfranchised school board leaders of one of the largest public-school districts in the country and with 62% of the students Latino,” says Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. “Seizing Houston ISD as a way to stop teaching Chicano history or to whitewash the telling of our history and removing the stories of leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. from our textbooks, is wrong.

Today, LULAC undertakes two historic actions. First, supporting our good friend, Senator Alex Padilla from California’s resolution to name a national park in the name of Cesar Chavez. Also, LULAC calls for a Cesar Chavez national holiday, which is way overdue. Future generations of Latinos must know that we marched, fasted and stood with Cesar because his lucha is ours too. We are still presente and issue the grito he did, ¡Si Se Puede!” said Garcia.

“In California, LULAC celebrates Cesar Chavez Day with a call to a new generation of Latinos, many of whom are the children and grandchildren of those brave farm workers who marched from Delano to Sacramento over nearly 300 in the name of justicia!” says Jose Barrera, California LULAC State Director. “The struggle is not over as the state with one of the largest population of Dreamers in America who still await the day to be freed from the shackles of fear,” he added.

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“From Arizona, LULAC says presente as we rise for all the newly arrived migrants and refugees who seek the hope of tomorrow and a better future for their families,” says Lydia Guzman, LULAC Immigration Chair. “As Cesar said, once educated, we will never be humiliated again, nor will we be stopped from going forward,” says Guzman.

“From the great Northwest, our pueblo pauses in the fields of the Yakima Valley, the packing houses in Idaho, the factories in Oregon and the casinos in Nevada, to say, aqui estamos Cesar, we are still here and wlll never leave!” says Rafaela Schwan, LULAC Interim Chief Operations Offcer. “We shall never give up!,” she adds.

“In Illinois, we proclaim que viva Cesar!” says Emma Lozano, LULAC National Vice-President for Women. “On April 14 and 15, las mujeres de LULAC, the women of LULAC shall gather in Los Angeles, California, and as Dolores Huerta, the powerful Latina who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Cesar, we too, march on for equity, equality, an end to domestic violence, and respect for all women across America and Puerto Rico. Arriba el Pueblo!” says Lozano.




The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC's programs, services, and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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