March 31, 2017

Cortez Masto Commemorates César Chávez Day, Cosponsors Resolution in His Honor

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement on her cosponsorship of a resolution to commemorate César Chávez Day:

“Today marks the 90th anniversary of César Chávez’s birth. During his distinguished life, Chávez served in the United States Navy, co-founded the United Farm Workers of America union with Dolores Huerta, and advocated for the fundamental rights of workers and Latinos in the United States. Through his use of nonviolence, Chávez led strikes, marches, and mobilized farming communities against injustice and exploitation.

“His legacy has never been more relevant than today. Immigrants and working people across the country are experiencing a new onslaught against their families, health, education, and basic human dignity from the Trump Administration. The President’s plan to cut funding for programs such as Meals on Wheels, LegalAid, Homes for Vets, heating assistance programs, early childhood education programs, work-study programs, and job training programs will have a devastating impact on millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet—the very workers for whom César Chávez fought.

“With Chávez’s legacy in mind, I am honored to celebrate César Chávez Day by cosponsoring a resolution that commemorates the tremendous impact of his sacrifices and advocacy for hardworking families. I am committed to keeping his legacy alive by fighting for the voiceless in the U.S. Senate. As Chávez and Huerta said during many marches and strikes in their struggle for civil rights, sí se puede.