Friday, April 03, 2009

Cesar Chavez Commemorations and labor organizers training in FW

“All my life, I have been driven by one dream, one goal, one vision: To overthrow a farm labor system in this nation which treats farm workers as if they were not important human beings. Farm workers are not agricultural implements; they are not beasts of burden to be used and discarded." - Cesar Chavez, labor and civil rights leader and founder of the UFW (United Farm Workers)

I've been invited to be one of the speakers at the "Awards Ceremony" happening in the evening, tomorrow, April 4th, at 7pm.

Please come out, especially if you haven't seen the new TCC downtown campus, now housed in what was formerly the Radio Shack building. All events are FREE and open to the public. Here are details for the evening program:

WHAT: The Spirit of Cesar Chavez Awards
WHEN: Saturday, Aprili 4th, 7pm
WHERE: Tarrant County College, Trinity Downtown Campus (formerly the Radio Shack Building), 300 W. Belknap, Fort Worth-
(not sure why they call it "Action")


"In Fort Worth, organizers will hold the 10th annual march and rally for Chávez on April 4. That evening, three Fort Worth recipients who have worked to improve their community will receive Spirit of Chávez awards.

Among the recipients is 71-year-old Elisa Nájera, a longtime volunteer and literacy advocate. Nájera remembers the grape
boycotts and participated in one demonstration outside a local grocery store out of respect for her parents and grandparents, who were migrant workers."


And, speaking of labor rights and organizing, there is a 2-day labor organizing training scheduled for April 4th and 5th, at the 1919 Hemphill community action space in the southside of FW. This training, sponsored by DFW IWW (Industrial Workers of the World, will be conducted by Erik Forman of the Starbucks Workers Union (SWU) and Joe Richards, who is organizing workers at a grocery store in Florida.

What: Labor Organizing Training
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and April 5 - 10am to 6pm (vegan lunch will be provided on-site)
Where: 1919 Hemphill, Fort Worth, TX
Fee: $10-30 sliding scale
More info at:

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