March 25, 2005

Project New Village to Host 5th Annual César E. Chávez Tribute and Community Celebration

On Saturday, March 26, 2005, the Project New Village, resident planning committee in the community of Lincoln Park, will sponsor its fifth annual tribute to César Chávez, the venerable labor leader and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America.

“We are truly honored to be a part of the statewide effort to honor César Chávez because of his enduring legacy of service and his struggle for justice and equal rights,” said N. Diane Moss, Director of Project New Village.      

Called “one of the most heroic figures of our time”, by the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Chávez’s four decades of work led to significant political and social justice achievements such as the 1975 California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which protects farm worker’s right to organize, providing them with the opportunity to demand and receive fair wages, medical coverage, and pension benefits.

Chávez was also a staunch health advocate.  Keeping with Chávez’s commitment to health, the committee has secured free health assessments to all in attendance as well as other health and social service information. Some of the community resources include: American Lung Association Lung Express, Consumer Center for Health Education, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, County HIV Testing Mobile Unit * San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, Aging & Independence Services, Southwestern College, National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego Family Care, and Community Health Group.

The event will take place at the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) located at 4343 Ocean View Blvd. and begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. The celebration will begin with a March for Life that will be followed by words of solidarity from various civic and community leaders. This year we will honor a local hero for his hard work and dedication to serving the community of Southeast San Diego.

Residents will be treated to various cultural performances including: Mariachi Juvenil De San Diego, Teye Sa Thiosanne African Dance and Drum Company, and the locally renowned, DJ Kool T. Event attendants will also be treated to a free lunch plate partially donated by El Pollo Grill. There will also be many family-oriented activities.

This event is free and open to the public. 

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