Upcoming Events during the Chavez/Huerta Commemorative Period

Upcoming events during the Chavez/Huerta Commemorative Period

March 20th through April 23rd

Film:  Dolores  

April 9th, Castro Theater, San Francisco Film Festivaluee Pre

Dolores Huerta wanted to be a dancer. Instead, as Angela Davis marvels in Peter Bratt’s essential historical documentary, she became “a dancer on the stage of justice.” A talented and tireless community organizer, Huerta discovered her purpose among the perennially exploited Latinos laboring for Northern California agribusinesses. She founded the United Farm Workers with César Chávez in 1962 and directed the decisive national boycott of Delano grapes that impelled the growers to sign labor contracts. Despite her remarkable record of success, however, she encountered resistance as the lone woman on the UFW board. Still, nothing could slow Huerta’s war on poverty, pesticides, injustice, and racism—until a San Francisco cop badly injured her during a Union Square protest of then Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1988. Bratt deploys remarkable and little-seen archival footage along with highly emotional interviews with many of Huerta’s 11 children. Their sacrifices, along with hers, are shown as heartbreaking but necessary elements of this major, often overlooked, chapter in California history. —Michael Fox

National release:  Fall, 2017

Sylvia Mendez Speaks

April 13th, 6pm to 8 pm – Longfellow Middle School

The Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta Commemorative Committee cordially invite the Berkeley Community to meet Sylvia Mendez, who received in 2011 the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama for her parents persistence and resistance to the educational segregation of Mexican children.  Join us April 13th at Longfellow Middle School for a conversation and hearing her story that is relevant in today’s political climate from 6 to 8pm.

Essay, Poetry and Poster Contest, Berkeley Unified School District             Deadline for submissions April 10th, 2017

The César Chávez and Dolores Huerta Commemorative is a citywide effort to honor César Chávez and Dolores Huerta by emphasizing Service Learning and Environmental Justice. The commemorative period begins on the Spring Equinox, the traditional beginning of the planting season, and extends to the anniversary of his passing. Contest open to 2nd to 12th Grade Teachers and Students For more information: Mendez_v.Westminster_Contest_ENG_2017.pdf (444 KB)

César Chávez Holiday Parade and Festival 

Sunday, April 29, 2017 

Music, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Booths                                                                                

10 am – Assemble for parade at Dolores Park, 19th & Guerrero                                         

11 am – Parade                                                                                                                                        

11am – 6 pm – 24th Street Fair (Between Treat and Bryant Street)

For more information:
Phone: (415) 621-2665     Fax: (415) 621-5518
www.cesarchavezday.org       Email: cesarchavezday@gmail.com


The Solar Calendar – César Chávez Memorial

Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley, CA

The César Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar Project is developing a comprehensive urban solar/lunar calendar at Chávez Park in Berkeley, California. The project draws from design concepts in art, astronomy and architecture found at numerous ancient sky observatory sites around the world to inform the final design. The project seeks to:

  • Promote an understanding of the Rhythm of the Seasons
  • Honor the work, life and values of César E. Chávez
  • Provide an outdoor classroom to study art, science & culture
  • Create a space for reflection in the midst of a busy urban environment


This post thanks to Santiago Casal, curator of the César Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar Project 

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