SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two days after the release of the film "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero," Governor Jerry Brown has issued a proclamation declaring March 31st as "César Chávez Day."
In a statement sent to 23 ABC News from the Governor's press office, Brown says the following:
Eighty-seven years ago, César Chavez was born near his family farm in Yuma, Arizona. While he was still young, his family lost their farm in the Great Depression and became migrants following agricultural work around the Southwest. During his formative years, Chávez was exposed to the dismal working conditions that migrant workers were forced to endure.
In 1962, after working for many years as a community organizer, he founded the organization which later became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). As leader of the UFW, Chávez organized agricultural laborers to protest and demand improvements in their working conditions. The UFW motto "¡Sí se puede!" or "Yes, we can!" continues to resound as a timeless rallying cry to workers for social justice.
César Chavez and the UFW played an instrumental role in the passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which I signed into law in 1975. This legislation made our state the first in the nation to give farm workers the right to seek union representation and bargain collectively within an established legal framework.
Californians of every generation and background continue to be inspired by the leadership of César Chávez. On this anniversary of his birth, I ask all Californians to join me in continuing to build on his dream of a world where all workers are treated with dignity and respect.
NOW, THERE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2014, as "Cesár Chávez Day."
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