Vocational Training Center will celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on Thursday – Red Bluff Daily News

The Job Training Center invites the community to honor Cesar Chavez Day on Thursday, March 31, Chavez’s birthday.

Chavez was a strong advocate of nonviolence and worked for decades to improve the working and living conditions of farmworkers with regards to pay, child labor, worker protections, housing and regulations. pesticides.

As recognition, Job Training Center staff learn more about Chavez and his work, which spans decades. The first 30 people to visit the Vocational Training Center on Thursday will receive a free agricultural gift along with a Chavez fact sheet.

“In 2017, one in six jobs in Tehama County was attributed to agriculture,” Chief Executive Carrie Ferchaud said. “And agriculture contributed more than $679 million to the local economy. It is an essential part of our economy, social fabric and employment base and makes Tehama County uniquely positioned to honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez. He brought agriculture to the fore and gained widespread support to promote the rights of farmers and agricultural workers, and he helped educate the world about where their food comes from.

Chavez was born in 1927 in Yuma, Arizona. He was one of five children. Due to the depression, the family moved to California and became migrant farm workers. Chavez attended 36 different schools.

After returning from the Navy, he worked as a laborer on a ranch and in a lumber business. He then worked for the Community Services Organization, a Latino civil rights group in San Jose and then Los Angeles. In 1962, he helped found the National Farm Workers Association.

After his death in 1993, Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Its motto was “Sí, se puede”, translating to “Yes, we can”.

The Vocational Training Center is located at 718 Main Street in Red Bluff and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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