On Monday, October 8th President Obama traveled to Keene, California to dedicate the César Chávez National Monument and pay tribute to the civil rights leader whose “Si se puede” motto helped inspire “Yes We Can.”
Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers union with Chávez, was on hand for the ceremony as well. Heurta spoke to OFA California about the importance of Latinos getting involved in this election just last month.
From President Obama’s remarks:
"César Chávez believed that when a child anywhere in America can dream beyond her circumstances and work to realize that dream, it makes all our futures just a little bit brighter."
"It was that vision, that belief in the power of opportunity that drove César every day of his life. It's a vision that says, maybe I never had a chance to get a good education, but I want my daughter to go to college. Maybe I started out working in the fields, but someday I'll own my own business. Maybe I have to make sacrifices, but those sacrifices are worth it if it means a better life for my family."
"That's the story of my ancestors; that's the story of your ancestors. It's the promise that has attracted generations of immigrants to our shores from every corner of the globe, sometimes at great risk, drawn by the idea that no matter who you are, or what you look like, or where you come from, this is the place where you can make it if you try."
Watch the president’s full remarks here:
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