Activists push holiday to honor Cesar Chavez

Activists and some legislators gathered in front of the state Capitol Tuesday to call for a national holiday honoring the birth of labor organizer Cesar Chavez. 

Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) speaks at rally honoring Cesar Chavez. Photo credit: Miguel Martinez/Mundo Hispanico

Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) speaks at rally honoring Cesar Chavez. Photo credit: Miguel Martinez/Mundo Hispanico

Chavez was born March 31, 1927, and sought better working conditions for migrants as president of United Farm Workers. He died in 1993. Other states honor his birthday with a holiday, including California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin. 

Rep. Pedro Marin (D-Duluth) introduced House Resolution 340, urging Congress to adopt a national holiday in honor of Chavez. He introduced similar legislation last year.

Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) told a handful of listeners at the rally that many remember the long battle to make a national holiday honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She urged supporters of the Chavez holiday not to give up.

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