The Florida Education Association welcomes President Obama’s designation of labor leader César Chávez’s home as a national monument. It’s fitting that the designation comes this year, the 50th anniversary of Chávez’s founding of the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.
The site, known as La Paz in Keene, Calif., served as national headquarters of the UFW, as well as Chávez’s home, from the early 1970s until his death in 1993. He is buried there and his gravesite will be part of the monument. His efforts were credited with inspiring millions of other Latinos in their fight for more educational opportunities, better housing and more political power. Mr. Chávez’s legacy of workers rights, civil rights and equality for all deserves this national recognition. FEA applauds this honor for a man who defended the cause of justice for all.
Andy Ford, president, Florida Education Association