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OPA News Release: [03/31/2009]
Contact Name: Jennifer Kaplan
Phone Number: (202) 693-4676
Release Number: 09-0350-NAT

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis commemorating the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement in commemoration of Cesar E. Chavez's birthday:

"I would like to pay a special tribute to the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez. He dedicated his life to championing the rights of farm laborers and all working people, and he did it through nonviolence.

"Chavez was a second-generation American. He was born March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Ariz., and raised during the Great Depression.

"The lessons he learned during his time inspired him to dedicate his life to improving the lives of other less fortunate even than himself.

"I am proud to celebrate his memory and contributions to our country."

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