Hispanic National Bar Association Commends President Obama For Designating a National Monument for César E. Chávez


Contact: Chris Landry
E-mail: clandry@hnba.com
Phone: (202) 223-4777

October 4, 2012


 Washington D.C. – On October 8, 2012, President Barack Obama will announce the dedication of the César E. Chávez National Monument in Keene, CA at Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, home of the United Farmworkers Union, and personal home to César E. Chávez.  César Chávez is recognized as a key figure in the civil rights movement for the Latino community, and his contributions remain paramount to the pursuit of justice and equality in the United States.

“The HNBA commends the creation of the César E. Chávez monument in Keene, CA.  It is a well-deserved and important recognition for one of the most important Latino leaders in the history of the United States. Having come from a family of Mexican immigrants and migrant farm workers, the leadership and impact of César E. Chávez and the farmworker labor movement is a story with particular resonance to me as well as many of the members we represent,” stated  Peter M. Reyes, Jr., HNBA National President.

César E. Chávez founded the National Farmworkers Association in 1962, which later became the United Farmworkers Union.  He was one of the key persons responsible for labor movements that placed the plight of underpaid farmworkers into the national spotlight, receiving support from then Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  In the 1970s, the United Farmworkers organized the largest farmworker strike in U.S. history, leading to increased wages.  His impact on the lives of those involved still resonates today.

César Chávez was a pioneer in the civil rights community, and the HNBA strives to uphold his mission.  The HNBA has continually been a voice for Hispanics in the Legal community since its inception in 1972, and the impact of César Chávez has been felt throughout the nation.

About the Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100,000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding four decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. Through a combination of issue advocacy, programmatic activities, networking events and educational conferences, the HNBA has helped generations of lawyers succeed.