Obama to Designate Chavez Home as Nat’l Monument

WFAA, October 1, 2012

President Barack Obama is designating the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, a move likely to shore up support from Hispanic and progressive voters just five weeks before the election.

The White House said Monday that Obama will establish the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, Calif., during a campaign swing through California next week. {snip}

The site served as national headquarters of the United Farm Workers union, as well as Chavez’s home, from the early 1970s until his death in 1993. Chavez is buried there and his grave site will be part of the monument.

Obama said in a statement that Chavez “gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” adding that La Paz was at the center of significant civil rights events. By designating his home as a national monument, “Chavez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come,” Obama said.

As head of the UFW, Chavez staged a massive grape boycott that raised awareness of the plight of predominantly Latino farm workers. His efforts were credited with inspiring millions of other Latinos in their fight for more educational opportunities, better housing and more political power.



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  • Puggg

    Will there be an exhibit in this house/monument about how Chavez wanted to shoot illegal aliens?

    • The__Bobster

      I hope so. Cesar Rabbit clearly saw how illegals depressed the wages of American citizens…as did many past labor union leaders. Now they want to sign up the invaders, so they can collect their union dues.

  • NM156

    I’ll be happy to pay my respects to Mr. Chavez as well. Immigration restrictionists can’t find a better example to follow.

  •  You mean the MEXICANS already here!

  • It would be mighty unfortunate if one of those unpredictable CA wildfires should happen to burn that house to the ground.

  • For me, chavez’s legacy is his fathering 15 kids while never earning more than $6,000/yr.

    • 5n4k33y3s

      That’s a lot of kids. 

  • AngloCelt

    It seems Obama is a huge fan of guys named Chavez.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Yeah, that’s because he needs the votes!

  • JDInSanDiego

    Chavez’ legacy is that he raised farm workers salaries which caused food and everything else in this country to be more expensive than it should be while making illegal entry more attractive to Mexicans.

    Also, note that Obama’s move comes right before Columbus Day which is no longer celebrated in California because it’s been substituted with Cesar Chavez day.  Isn’t Columbus infinitely more important than Chavez?  Shouldn’t countless others have a state or national holiday before a low life union rabble rouser?  How about Ben Franklin?  Jefferson?  Thomas Edison?  The Wright Brothers?  Ronald Reagan?  Les Paul (inventor of the electric guitar)?  Neil Armstrong? Bell?  Farnsworth?  Patton?  Henry Ford?  Walt Disney?  Mark Twain?  Churchill (who was half American)? Feel free to add to the list.

  • bluffcreek1967

    More pandering for the Hispanic vote by our Dear Leader.

  • Defiant White

    Obongo is to pandering what Moochelle is to bad taste in clothes, stupid lunch ideas and over-indulging from the public trough.

    I have never seen two people exercise so much bad judgment.  

    They are truly the epitome of negrohood.