President Obama Expected To Designate César E. Chávez National Monument On October 8

President Obama is expected to be in California next Monday to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument.

The monument, which the president will designate through the authority bestowed by the Antiquities Act, "will be established on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz," according to a release from the White House. "The La Paz property is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights icon César Estrada Chávez and the farm worker movement. The site served as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) as well as the home and workplace of César Chávez and his family from the early 1970s until Chávez’ death in 1993, and includes his grave site which will also be part of the monument."

“César Chávez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” the president said in prepared remarks. “La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation’s history, and by designating it a national monument, Chávez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come.”

From this rural headquarters in the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, California, Chávez played a central role in achieving basic worker protections for hundreds of thousands of farmworkers across the country, from provisions ensuring drinking water was provided to workers in the fields, to steps that helped limit workers’ exposure to dangerous pesticides, to helping to establish basic minimum wages and health care access for farm workers.

The National Chávez Center, in consultation with the United Farm Workers of America, the César Chávez Foundation and members of César Chávez’s family, offered to donate certain properties at La Paz to the federal government for the purpose of establishing a national monument commemorating César E. Chávez and the farmworker movement. This designation will represent the culmination of a process that has been under way for several years.

The César E. Chávez National Monument will encompass property that includes a Visitors’ Center containing César Chávez’s office as well as the UFW legal aid offices, the home of César and Helen Chávez, the Chávez Memorial Garden containing Chavez’s grave site, and additional buildings and structures at the La Paz campus.

The monument, which will be managed by the National Park Service in consultation with the National Chávez Center and the César Chávez Foundation, will be the fourth National Monument designated by President Obama using the Antiquities Act. He previously designated Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia, a former Army post integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military; Fort Ord National Monument in California, a former military base that is a world-class destination for outdoor recreation; and Chimney Rock, which is located in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, and offers a spectacular landscape rich in history and Native American culture.

Comments

Good. This is long overdue.

It is hard to sympathize with the cries of underfunding when we waste money on a monument for an anti-american socialist. But then its no surprise that an anti-american socialist would be doing the honoring.

Muy bien! This is money well spent; I'll be sure to visit. (Hopefully I won't run into any seditious anon 8:33 types along the way.)

And this little spot in the road has significance to "parks" because? Take away all the things that are not truly a park or truly a historical building (as in D.C.) and you would then have the funds to handle what the National Park Service was all about to begin with.

Sorry anon 9:23, it was Cesar that was seditous. I am a strict constitutionalist.

SUCH a surprise that the people prattling about "anti American socialist" hide behind anonymity.

No matter what his beliefs were he had an impact on American history. THAT is what makes him National Monument worthy.

Obama is again pandering for Latino votes. What a waste of taxpayer money that could better spent.

There's nothing new here in monument creation by the executive. An Alinskyite marxist community organizer president honors an Alinskyite marxist union organizer with an NPS site. What more should we expect? All of this while NPS core functions slide deeper into substandard territory. For the record, scores of people have had a greater impact on American history in the last 75 years. Unfortunately, they do not fit the agenda.


I am a strict constitutionalist.


I think strict constructionist is probably what you were reaching for. Then again . . .


For the record, scores of people have had a greater impact on American history in the last 75 years. Unfortunately, they do not fit the agenda.


Well, over the past century, Republican presidents have had the opportunity to invoke the Antiquities Act in order to establish a monument for the deserving you seem to have in mind. What happened?

justin. Wrong again.

He said more deserving..not deserving. As has been noted, the budget is already stretched for the truly deserving. To waste funds on this is disgraceful.

Justin. Was it a republican or democrat that created the Antiquities Act?

Actually, anon, Congress created it, and President Theodore Roosevelt signed it into law. And I might be going out on a limb, but many of today's Republicans are not Roosevelt Republicans.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/us/06oceans.html?_r=0

Wow. Those Rebulicans are out to destroy the environment. This designation is the largest ever and larger than the entire National Park system combined.

Care to spin any more fables?

justinh:

1. a constitutionalist is a person who believe in strict interpretation of the Constitution.

2. Nixon, Reagan, and Bush I did not use the Antiquities Act. Eisenhower established a science site (Edison) and C&O Canal, a multi-themed monument, and modified several existing sites mostly in the West. Bush II established the African Burial Ground monument and a marine monument in Hawaii. I would answer your question by saying that the Republican party is a party based on philosophy rather than a coalition of interests groups; therefore, there is little emphasis or overriding need to view the NPS as a collection of sites based on race, class, sex or other socio-economic or political division.

Yes - Congress led by Lacey and Dolliver. Two Republicans.


Justin. Was it a republican or democrat that created the Antiquities Act?

A Republican. John Lacey (R-IA) wrote the Antiquities Act. It was passed by the 59th Congress, which had a Republican majority.


An Alinskyite marxist community organizer


I think we need some poli-sci 101 here. Adam Brandon and Dick Armey distribute Alinsky's Rules for Radicals as a guidebook for conservative activists. Brandon and Armey--notorious Marxists!

Lee, I agree. There is a very interesting book by Mark Arax, titled "West of the West" with a chapter on "The Death Hilario Guzman". Mark, an investigative reporter for the LA Times, has written another great book, "The King of California" and he has done extensive reporting on issues throughout California including "The Highlands of California", a report on the marijuana plantations in Humbolt County. . In any case, Mark has done an outstanding job reporting on farm worker issues and the "Death of Hilario Guzman" is particularly educational. I think establishing a National Monument for a truly outstanding "Latino" Leader, Mr. Chavez, is fitting and perhaps long overdue. Thank you traveler for the post and varied comments.

Isn't it true that Cha'vez supportive of immigration control? Might be wrong but I believe so.

Yes, Chavez did oppose illegal immigration. In 1973 the United Farm Workers set up what they called a "wet line" along the border to stop illegals from entering. They were afraid the illegals could be used by farm owners to undercut efforts of the UFW.

Now, illegal workers hired by many U.S. farms have succeeded in doing that. They have also undercut legal workers in other industries, too, such as construction. But Congress refuses to pass any laws making hiring of illegals illegal. Too much pressure from powerful Congressional friends (contributors) who would see their profit margins undercut if they had to pay decent wages.

Anon4:1

Only after the illegals began to cross his picket line. Early on he encouraged illegal immigration ( it increased his base - sound familiar?) and fought against,legislation that would have fined companies for hiring illegals.

Legislation that we still need today.

@ Roadranger


a constitutionalist is a person who believe in strict interpretation of the Constitution.


Exactly what I meant.


the Republican party is a party based on philosophy rather than a coalition of interests groups;


Which is why I am more aligned (but not perfectly aligned) with the Republicans. Basing any decision on "race, class, sex or other socio-economic or political division" rather than merit is discrimination whether you are talking about National Parks, jobs, loans, housing et al. And that works BOTH ways.

Can't wait for the knee-jerk reactions from the self-righteous Right (I'm a success so I deserve it, and I'm not my brother's keeper either) when (if) WEB Du Bois gets a national historic site.

justinh:

As savvy leaders, Brandon and Armey distribute the Alinsky playbook so their party can recognize - and possible use against the opposition - the tactics/strategy of the marxist left.

Hmmmm. I thought the GOP was nearly 100% a coalition of special interest groups and wealthy individuals.

Whatever. It's all in the eye of the beholder.

But I sure hope some of this hateful division we're witnessing in the country will settle down after the election is over. But it probably won't if Obama wins again. Too many special interests have too many special interests to lose if he does.

Kind of expanded from traditional special interests concerns when you consider the character and soul of the current occupant. Don't think he's been camping on any of his vacations. Silver tongued for sure but so much going on behind the curtains. Just replace Hansel and Gretal with the American people (some anyway) and it'd be about right. Yes, I will remain Anon. Mr. B.

Yeah - interest groups and pawns who think that trickle-down will finally work to their benefit. Also, witness comments in this forum, it collects armchair ideologues. That earlier statement attempting to redefine the GOP was jaw-droppingly wrong.


That earlier statement attempting to redefine the GOP was jaw-droppingly wrong.


Perhaps you could be more specific about the "earlier statement" and tell us how it was wrong.

Rick, this guy must be on someone's payroll as a troll.

Either that or they have fracked water in his neighborhood. In any event, he sure is amusing.

Lee - still going with your dismissive comments and no substance.

I agree, Lee. Time to set phasers on shun for anonymous trolls.

Rick, I see that you like Lee you would rather make dismissive statements rather that actually debate the issues. Fact is, there are reasons people are anons. In fact I am no more anon than you. "Rick B" in Alaska? Can't be but a few thousand of those. I have in the past provided my full contact information and you complemented me for it. Now that itsn't possible. But then, who we are isn't as important as the points we make. Unfortunately you and Lee don't won't to address the points.

When, after many tries to be reasonable, one fails to find an ear willing to respond with thoughtful, factual comments, there is a tendency to just give up.

Anonymous (not verified) on October 4, 2012 - 7:49am.:{/quote]
Rick, I see that you like Lee you would rather make dismissive statements rather that actually debate the issues. Fact is, there are reasons people are anons. In fact I am no more anon than you. "Rick B" in Alaska? Can't be but a few thousand of those. I have in the past provided my full contact information and you complemented me for it. Now that itsn't possible. But then, who we are isn't as important as the points we make. Unfortunately you and Lee don't won't to address the points.
Leaving a photo and bio doesn't seem to be as anonymous to me. However, I might not understand the meaning of the word.

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/users/rick-b

Biography

Rick B. is a 60+ year old retired nurse, thoroughly enjoying the freedom of retirement. His wife is a museum curator for the NPS. They live in the Pacific Northwest; currently Alaska. He has enjoyed the parks since childhood, and is now particularly enjoying having more means and opportunity to visit or revisit parks of all sorts. He makes no apologies for pursuing NPS Passport stamps with childish delight.

Nor how to tell one 'anonymous' from a dozen other 'anonymous'. So many trolls sound like each other.

I'm not all that anonymous either. I've shared emails with Kurt and used my full name. I also got a prize once and left my address to receive said prize. I will say that I am not anonymous - at least to the management of this website.

I guess some may simply be an IP address somewhere that could be traced to the user only with a search warrant.

Rick,

How do we know thats your picture or your bio? We don't because we do know who you really are. You are anonimous. I have already given you more details about me than you have made available including name, web address and from there email and phone number. But who we are really dosn't matter. It is facts and ideas that count. It is a sahme that you and Lee rely on dismissive comments instead. Or is "i thought the GOP was nearly 100% a coalition of special interest groups and wealthy individuals" a "thoughtful factual comment"? Or how about that "shun gun".?

Welcome to the newest unit of the National Park System.


As savvy leaders, Brandon and Armey distribute the Alinsky playbook so their party can recognize - and possible use against the opposition - the tactics/strategy of the marxist left.


No. It's common knowledge that Armey promotes the use of Alinsky's tactics-- the ones praised by William F. Buckley, also. It's also common knowledge that Alinky explicitly decried Marxism and any kind of ideology. This is obvious in the praxis he forwarded.


Alinsky's tactics aren't just used by Liberals. Former U.S. Congressman Dick Armey is now the head of FreedomWorks, A Tea Party group known for its grassroots efforts. Armey gives copies of Alinsky's book, "Rules for Radicals," to his organization's members because they're extremely effective. FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon has claimed that Tea Partiers angrily confronting lawmakers at town hall meetings is right out of Alinsky's book.


http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981172802

Nice try, Justinh. Just good business to know the other's playbook. Again, nice try.


a constitutionalist is a person who believe in strict interpretation of the Constitution.


That's a pretty idiosyncratic definition of "consitutionalism." In the context of interpretation of the Constitution, it seems to be blurred with "strict constructionism."

Well, Connected, I can't read the article(s) for you. Here's another one, which might be more accessible. It, too, describes how Armey and the Tea Party have appropriated Alinsky's tactics to use for themselves. The link is below for you or anyone else who wants to read more about it:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0909/27285.html

Now, let's get back to talking about the parks!

Justinh: Just one more post/question if you don't mind. To be fair could chronicle how the occupants of the WH and many in Congress have used Alinsky tactics to reach their (and Alinsky's) goals. How do their goals effect the country's (people) status and relationship with their parks would be another good topic.

Frankly, Connected, that would be going far, far, far off topic....

Alright Kurt, just trying to get to the top of the pyramid instead of wallowing in the trenches. Better view up there:).

I do appreciate your site very much. Attempts at transparency concerning our Parks does have some uncomfortableness for some that take it as a direct attack. Human nature I suppose but that's why the Constitution is such a great document to be followed, I believe.

Fall time glory spreading accross our Parks and Rangeland. Great time of year!

Thanks