On Monday, April 23, 2018 more than 100 residents will join me on our second annual Pilgrimage to La Paz to pay homage to civil rights icon and labor leader, César E. Chávez. We will visit the Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz ranch in Keene, California – home and workplace to the Chávez Family and of the United Farm Workers.
The ranch is also the site of the César E. Chávez National Monument which includes a memorial garden where the late labor leader was laid to rest, a conference and education center, and a small desert garden. The ranch and national monument were designated as National Historic Landmarks in 2012 by President Barack Obama.
The free Pilgrimage was scheduled during a critical juncture in our nation’s social and political affairs in which anti-immigrant rhetoric, emboldened by the Federal Administration, threatens the hard-fought civil rights and liberties of Latinos, immigrants and farm workers.