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Today is a Holiday... Happy César Chávez Day!
Photo of César Chávez via the César E. Chávez Foundation
Today is a sanctioned government holiday in California (and six other states), but that depends on who you're talking to. Los Angeles city and state offices are closed, but county and federal remain open. LAUSD kids are in class right now while some Cal State schools get the day off. University of California campuses are also not recognizing the holiday, which signed into law in 2000 by Gov. Gray Davis. Therefore, some are protesting, via the Daily News:
Student activists at UCLA and other schools around the state plan to cut classes today -- Cesar Chavez day -- to protest the failure of schools to close down on the state holiday marking the birthday of the co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary -- which calls itself BAMN -- will lead a rally and march planned by the student activists. Other rallies will be held elsewhere in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento, organizers said.
Chávez died in 1993 and in 2006, he was inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Here in Los Angeles, César E. Chávez Blvd. runs from Sunset Boulevard and the 110 Fwy and runs through East Los Angeles. There's also a petition going around trying to make today a national holiday -- you can sign it here.
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