Today, March 31, the Democratic Party of New Mexico commemorates the life and legacy of César Chávez and his enduring vision of human rights and dignity for all.
We stand by César Chávez’s commitment to unity and strength. We always will. “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength” Chavez said.
As Democrats, we believe in hope for the future. Like Chávez, we believe this nation is great enough to share the blessings of liberty among all of us. We believe in building a better life for all, and like César Chávez and the movement he helped forge, we vow that we shall never be turned back. “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community” he said. “Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
We agree with César Chávez, and all of the champions of freedom of our history that no American is free until all of us are free. We are proud to stand alongside all of the leaders of the American past, including César Chávez, who sacrificed so much for the civil and human rights of all, and we honor those Americans who continue to work toward that vision that we all should strive to carry on.
We know there remains much work to be done. Today the Democratic Party of New Mexico calls on all of us to recommit ourselves to the great call of America’s history, to achieve the promise of equality and dignity of all, to stand by the rights of working people, and to win for ourselves and for our children the greatness César Chávez hoped for, the blessings of freedom, dignity and fairness in he workplace, and the security of justice.
In commemorating the life of César Chávez, today on the anniversary of the date of his birth, we call on all of us to work toward those common values we, as Americans, most cherish. Today we should all rededicate ourselves to that dream, so eloquently inspired by the life Chavez and his contemporaries, and promise to continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of skin color, ethnicity, work status, gender, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.