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A free, public discussion will be held by the South Pasadena Library to celebrate the life of civil rights leader César E. Chavez.  The discussion will be held in the Community Room on March 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. A documentary Fighting for Our Lives will be shown at this event, which explains the struggle of the grape boycott strike of 1973 and will have a featured speaker moderating the discussion. Mr. Victor Griego, Jr., will be the guest speaker and discussion moderator. Mr. Griego worked with César Chavez in the United Farm Workers Union after graduating from college.

 March 31, 2012, marks a special anniversary because it commemorates the life of an American hero—César Chavez.  Mr. Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Arizona.  He is recognized around the world for having been a civil rights and labor pioneer who helped change the lives of many farm workers, as well as the Latino community in the United States.

 Victor Griego, Jr., leads Diverse Strategies for Organizing (DSO), a Los Angeles-based public affairs firm specializing in community and government relations. Because of César E. Chavez’s work and influence, Mr. Griego became a founding member of the César E. Chavez Foundation.  This organization raises funds to continuously support the legacy efforts of Mr. Chavez.  In addition, Mr. Griego was on the California Commission on Service that implemented the California César Chavez Holiday. As a commissioner, Mr. Griego was assigned to oversee 5 million dollars in State grants given to local school districts with the purpose of teaching students about César Chavez.

 The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and no tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be served by Vecinos de South Pasadena


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