The César Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver began a tradition honoring the late leader in 2002. The memory of César Chávez continues in Colorado; on Saturday, April 6, the Chávez commemoration will begin with an 9:00 am Mass at the Regis University Chapel (3333 Regis Boulevard Denver, CO 80221). Immediately following the mass, a march 10:30 am will proceed to the Cesar E Chavez Park (4131 N Tennyson St. Denver, CO), honoring the spirit of César Chávez and recognizing his peaceful and nonviolent ideals. A ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new Cesar E Chavez Park will be at 11:30am with an awards presentation, poetry, art, music and food, will add to the spiritual gathering, to remember one of the world’s greatest leaders of peace. The Committee is inviting the participation of all individuals, community organizations, religious and educational institutes, and businesses to walk the march, present a booth, or join our volunteer team.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Chávez led a nation of support for the country’s farmworkers who continually faced abuse, low pay and sometimes no pay, and inhumane working conditions. He created awareness for the people who had no voice, and was instrumental in creating the United Farmworkers Union, demanding rights for the people of the fields.In 2001, former State Representatives Frana Mace and Rob Hernández sponsored a bill to create a state holiday, and former Denver City Councilwoman Ramona Martínez initiated a City holiday in Denver recognizing Chávez and his accomplishments in the fields.
Over the last year, the committee has worked with the City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation to rebuild the Cesar E Chavez Park in northwest Denver at 4131 N Tennyson St. The park was rebuilt to increase access and include cultural icons important to the struggle for equal rights of all people.
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