Cesar Chavez Festival of Nonviolence Saturday | TheUnion.com

Cesar Chavez Festival of Nonviolence Saturday

On Saturday Rebecca “Becky” Chavez will be the Guest of Honor at the Cesar Chavez Festival of Nonviolence. Sharing stories about Cesar Chavez and her lifelong organizing activities, she will inspire and empower her listeners to walk steadfastly on the paths of nonviolence and social justice.

By the time Becky Chavez was 13-years old in 1965, she was already an experienced activist with the Farmworker Movement, founded by her uncle, Cesar Chavez, in 1962. She was involved in many aspects of the five-year long Delano grape strike and boycott, joining vineyard picket lines and marching in the historic 1966 March to Sacramento.

Later she helped to organize the second grape boycott in 1974 in San Diego. She went on to work with African-American and Latino community groups. She has devoted her life to serving the Farm Worker Movement and young children. She presently operates two preschools in Sacramento through her own small business.

Music will be featured throughout the event. Nory Fussell and the Anytime Band will lead singing of La Causa Movement songs. Ivan Luria, guitarist and singer, originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, is returning for an encore performance. He will share the joy and happiness that he feels as he plays traditional Mexican music in a variety of styles.

Refreshments, activities for children, and a Parade of Heroes of Peace and Nonviolence will enhance the festive atmosphere created by this celebration, the closing event for the 2010 Season for Peace and Nonviolence.

Admission is free; donations will be gratefully accepted.

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