Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today attended a ceremony in which Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis inducted the Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement into the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Hall of Honor and dedicated the César E. Chávez Memorial Auditorium at the DOL building in Washington. The auditorium features a mosaic portrait of Chávez created by students from the Las Artes Arts & Education Center in South Tucson, which offers out-of-school youth a unique learning environment that includes on-the-job training and emphasizes team-building and community involvement.
President Obama today issued a proclamation declaring March 31 César Chávez day. Rep. Grijalva will speak at the Tucson march and rally this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Park at 3610 S. 12th Ave.
“I was proud to be a part of today’s recognition that the history of this country includes the story of labor, includes the story of Hispanic workers struggling for equal treatment, and includes many important milestones and triumphs that we sometimes take for granted,” Grijalva said. “Knowing the Department of Labor will now feature an artistic contribution from South Tucson students – the very people Mr. Chávez worked so hard to give opportunities throughout his life – brings immense pride to our community and gives a special meaning to this year’s commemoration.”