Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cesar Chavez Lives On

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, age 35, carries on her grandfather's work as the deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement in the White House.

She directs the Obama administration's organizing efforts for immigration reform, reaching out to Latinos.

On Cesar Chavez Day, March 31, she spoke at a White House event, citing one of her favorite quotes from her grandfather:

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed.  You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read..."

"She and her cousins used to accompany their grandfather as he sought to build his labor union," reports Christi Parsons.  "They joked that while other people went on family picnics, they went on family pickets."

I love knowing that a Chavez grandchild is there in the White House, and I love that it was a girl child who grew up to carry on the legacy.

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