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 Women of the United Farm Workers Honored at Cesar Chavez Luncheon

The sixth annual Cesar E. Chavez luncheon celebration, “Honoring Women of the Movement: Continuing the Legacy,” will be from 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Phoenix Convention Center West Building, Third Floor, 100 N. Third St. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farmer Workers of America, will be the keynote luncheon speaker. She will discuss her role in organizing the farm workers and as an advocate for farm worker’s rights. She also will highlight the contribution of the thousands of women who were part of forming the farm labor movement.

“We are excited Dolores will be with us for this special occasion to pay a special tribute to Arizona women who were involved in the farm worker labor civil rights movement in Phoenix from the mid-60s to early 70s,” said Francisca Montoya, Arizona regional director of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. “These women participated in the marches, grape boycott and assisted with Cesar’s fast in 1972.”

Paul Chavez, son of Cesar Chavez and president of the National Farm Workers Service Center, will speak on the current situation of thousands of farm workers out of work as a result of the devastating freeze this winter. Gov. Janet Napolitano and Mayor Phil Gordon also will speak.

The luncheon program will feature a special film presentation of teachers and students involved in the “Educating the Heart” school program in Arizona. The musical group Cascabel will perform several songs including one dedicated to Chavez.

The luncheon acknowledges the accomplishments of Chavez, a civil rights activist, farm worker, labor leader and community crusader for nonviolent social change. Other events will be held during the month of March throughout the Valley to honor Chavez. View the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning 2007 Calendar of Events.

Sponsored by the city of Phoenix and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, this annual event will pay tribute to Chavez by recognizing his birthday as a holiday for city employees on March 30. (The official holiday is Saturday, March 31.)

Southwest Ambulance is the premier “Si Se Puede” sponsor contributing $50,000 along with other major sponsors including Maricopa County Community College District, PMT Ambulance, UFCW, Phoenix College and the Arizona Lottery. Media sponsors are KPNX-TV, The Arizona Republic, La Voz and

Tickets are $85 per person, $850 for government/nonprofit tables and $1,500 for corporate tables. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, call 602-272-0080, extension 3.