Cesar Chavez Day-March 31-"Si se puede."

Cesar Chavez Day. March 31.
Chavez Day is a holiday in eight states (AZ, CA, CO, MI, NM, TX, UT, WI) and dozens of cities and counties throughout the nation. It is an opportunity for all people to honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez by getting involved in their communities and making the holiday a day on, not a day off.


May I suggest for those seriously wishing to honor Cesar Chavez, quit shopping at Whole Foods and support tough immigration policy.

It may come as a surprise to some but Cesar Chavez opposed illegal immigration. He understood its impact upon the wages he and the UFW fought for. And then there is the 8 billion dollars Organic-Industrial Complex, now controlled by five mega farms in California, employing 800,000 workers a year. Many non-union migrants. Food for thought when eating your next $2 organic apple.

I should have read this before I wrote about libraries closing on Cesar Chavez day, oh well live and learn. I only found it an official state holiday in California and Texas and optional in the others, but it was still interesting to learn that it was a holiday at all.

I don't think we can say Chavez was opposed to illegal immigration as much as we can say he was against illegal immigrants being used as replacement workers for striking farmworkers, a position somewhat self serving, but we must bear in mind that Chavez was concerend with the rights of unionized farmworkers, not non-unionized farmworkers legal or illegal.

In the current political climate can the United States find a viable solution to the problem of illegal immigration. I think we certainly can, but not by building walls or making illegal entry a felony. We do have laws now that need to be enforced, and we need to apply these laws equally to all. However we must realize, individually and as a nation that the majority of the undocumented that are coming here are coming here simply to work. Insofar as there is dignity inherent in all work, we must allow those who come here because they are not able to support their families by working at home to earn adequate wages and send those wages home. We cannot force people to live in poverty when they are ready, willing and able to work - especially when many here don't wish to do the work they are willing and able to do. We must allow these guest workers not just because the crops need to be picked or some other job done, but because we have a moral obligation to allow people to support themselves and their families.

Can we as Americans come up with a system which safeguards our nation and allows those who need to work - those who wish to maintain their dignity through hard work- to come and work? Si Se Puede!