Wisconsin Celebrates Cesar Chavez Day
"It was incredibly meaningful to have so many voices come together to honor the great civil rights activist Cesar Chavez."
MADISON – State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement on the celebration of Cesar Chavez Day at the Wisconsin State Capitol, the first Chavez Day celebration at the Capitol in over a decade:
“I want to thank everyone—activists, legislators, community members and Governor Tony Evers—for their attendance and participation today. It was incredibly meaningful to have so many voices come together to honor the great civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
“I am the granddaughter of a migrant farmworker. Alicia Zamarripa came here seasonally to work in the farm fields of Wisconsin and decided to move the whole family up here to the great state of Wisconsin in search of a better jobs and more opportunities for her and her family.
“Chavez devoted his life to lifting up the impoverished. He fought for my grandmother’s rights, he fought for my rights, and he fought for our rights. It is so right and so just that we honor this man in our state’s Capitol today. This civil rights leaders, this Latino leader, this great American leader. ¡Sí Se Puede!”
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