The Cesar Chavez Day Celebration Program

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Transforming America | Civil disobedience, social change and environmental justice

As a child of migrant workers who struggled just to get by, César Chávez knew the importance of having an economy that works for everyone and devoted his life to ensuring our Nation upheld the values upon which it was founded. On his birthday, we celebrate a man who reminded us—above all else—that we all share a common humanity, each of us having our own value and contributing to the same destiny, and we carry forward his legacy by echoing his peaceful and eloquent calls for a more just and equal society. ~United States of America, 2016 Presidential Proclamation, César Chávez Day

Overview

The César Chávez Day at Miami University is celebrated during spring semester each year. This year we will honor César Chávez’s significant contributions and impact in the U.S. through the lenses of Dolores Huerta and today’s American labor leaders and activists committed to the struggle for social justice.

Dolores Huerta is a co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America and a living testimonial of “La Causa (Long Live Our Cause),” and “Sí se puede (Yes We Can official slogan of the UFW Currently, Dolores Huerta Foundation creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy.

Reflecting on why “La Causa”

After the screening of Dolores film guest panelists will share their personal stories of activism and facilitate a reflection making sense and creating meaning of the core values of La Causa” today:

  • organizing for social change and environmental justice,
  • being empowered by principles of nonviolence, equality, justice and dignity for all, and
  • giving back to the community (service).

Guest Panelists

  • Daisy Hernandez | Assistant Professor, Department of English, Miami University
  • Nathan Haltman | Kinesiology Major, Miami University ’22
  • Alexandra Hopun | Biology Major, Latin American Studies Minor, Miami University '19
  • Roxanne Ornelas | Associate Professor, Department of Geography  

A path for taking action“Sí se puede” (Yes, we can)

Information about opportunities for civic engagement and collective action will be available at the event. The Oxford League of Women Voters will host a voter registration table (TBA).

Register to vote!

Spring 2019 Program

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm worker union with César Chávez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chávez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion Details

Dolores screening, 90 minute film directed by Peter Bratt

Date

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Time

Reception: 5:45pm

Program: 6-8pm

Location

Great Room, 212 MacMillan Hall

(531 E. Spring St, Oxford OH 45056) 

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Watch the Film Trailer

Sponsors

Sponsored by Global Initiatives, Miami Libraries and the Office of Diversity Affairs; and in partnership with the Department of Geography; the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies Program, Department of Global and Intercultural Studies; Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and Unidos, Association of Latin American Students.

Accessibility Statement

To request accommodations (i.e., sign language interpreters, captioning, materials in alternative format, etc.), please contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services at (513) 529-1541, 7-1-1 (TTY-TDD), at least 2 business days prior to the event to ensure the smooth delivery of services. The site of the event is wheelchair accessible. For more information about accessible parking and other facilities, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Questions?

For co-curricular connections contact Jacqueline Rioja V.