Bill Honoring Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez
Assembly member Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced today that AB 34 passed the State Senate Floor with a 32-2 vote. AB 34 establishes Nuestra Señora Reina de La Paz (La Paz) in Kern County as a state historic landmark. La Paz is the burial site and the home of Civil Rights Leader Cesar E. Chavez.
“We are one step closer in realizing a goal that was forgotten for too long. California should have been at the forefront of designating La Paz, the burial and home of the great Civil Rights leader Cesar E. Chavez, many years ago. AB 34 properly honors the work of a Latino leader who pushed for justice, dignity and job protection for farm workers,” stated Hernandez.
On October 8, 2012 President Obama declared La Paz a National Historic Landmark. The designation honoring a Latino is the first since the 1700s. La Paz covers 187 acres of eastern Kern County, California. The site is significant as the headquarters of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). From the site, Cesar E. Chavez met with public officials, labor leaders, community organizations and industry representatives as a voice for the disenfranchised and the less fortunate.
“I will continue working with all my colleagues in the Legislature to ensure La Paz deserves the proper recognition on the state level, since the federal government has officially recognized the unique historical significance of La Paz,” concluded Hernandez.
AB 34 moves next to the Assembly Floor for a Concurrence vote.