April 9, 1999

Senator Richard Polanco Calls on Latinos to Participate in United Farm Workers Walk/March Honoring Cesar Chavez

Los Angeles — Senator Richard G. Polanco, Chair of the Legislature's 20 member Latino Legislative Caucus today urged Latinos to participate in the April 17 march honoring Cesar Chavez and raising funds for the United Farm Workers.

This is a photo of Richard Polanco and Cesar Chavez taken in 1986, the year Polanco was first elected to the California Legislature.

The march will begin at the corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Soto Street in Boyle Heights. Registration for the march begins at 8:30 a.m. and a rally will be held at 10:30 a.m. followed by the march at 11:30. For more detailed information concerning the event call the UFW at (213) 381-5611, ext. 17.

"This is an opportunity for everyone to honor the memory and legacy of Cesar Chavez by supporting the ongoing organizing of the United Farm Workers," said Polanco in Los Angeles.

A few days prior to the march, members of the Senate Government Organization Committee will vote on a measure authored by Senator Polanco that would create a new California holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez. "It is my hope that I will be able to make the announcement that Senate Bill 984 has cleared its first legislative hurdle," Polanco said.

"SB 984 will ensure that in the State of California there is proper recognition of Cesar Chavez. Honoring him with a state holiday will send an important message that Californians recognize and value his leadership and adherence to the principals of non-violence as a means to bring about positive change," Polanco added.

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