On Monday, March 31, 2014, Latino América Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc. will be supporting Cesar Chavez Day, as we pay tribute to his efforts in striving for social justice and respect for human dignity.

Cesar Chavez is among the most important Latino leaders in U.S. history. As a young adult, he fought racial and economic discrimination against Chicano residents with the Community Service Organization. In the early 1960s, Chavez co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, through which he focused attention on plight of migrant workers and gained support to have his organization be the first successful farm workers’ union in the United States. He used principles of non-violence and organized strikes, marches and boycotts.

Chavez has become an icon for organized labor, symbolizing support for workers and for Latino-based grassroots organizing. His supporters credit him for numerous improvements for union laborers. He passed away in 1993 and thousands of Americans from all walks of life celebrated his life at the funeral. Years before his death, Chavez was asked by a union member if he wanted to be remembered by statues and public memorials. Chavez replied, “If you want to remember me, organize!”

LAU celebrates Cesar Chavez Day