Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following proclamation in observance of César Chávez day on March 31, 2009:
Our Golden State is proud to be home to people who selflessly dedicate their lives for the good of others, and perhaps no one exemplifies the unbreakable spirit and strength of service more than César Chávez. As a farm worker, Chávez experienced first-hand the hardships that many dealt with every day, and by striving for improvements, he became an activist and inspired countless individuals to create change.
Chávez first took on the role of community organizer in 1952, focusing on increasing voter registration and promoting tolerance. After ten years, he followed his passion to establish the National Farm Workers Association, which is now known as United Farm Workers of America, with Dolores Huerta. Through his leadership of this group, he fought to bring better wages, employment policies, benefits and more to farm workers. His hard work resulted in fair contracts and laws which alleviated some of the challenges these people faced.
In addition to his great efforts to lift up farm workers, he also sought equality in many other aspects of life, ranging from civil rights to education. His efforts and commitment to those in need had a positive impact on so many, and his influence continues today. I encourage all Californians to join with me in honoring the many accomplishments of César Chávez, and the outstanding legacy he left behind.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2009, as “César Chávez Day.”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 30th day of March 2009.