Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud President Obama for establishing the César E. Chávez National Monument, the first American national monument dedicated to a Latino.
Recently, President Obama designated the first-ever American national monument dedicated to a Latino: the César E. Chávez National Monument. The monument includes 120 acres in Keene, California that will now be protected by the federal government under the Antiquities Act. Please sign this petition in support of the President’s acknowledgement of Chávez and the advances he pioneered for labor workers.
César Chávez was a Latino American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which later became the United Farm Workers. Chávez provided the otherwise invisible farm workers of the ’70s a peaceful and eloquent voice to demand basic rights through grassroots tactics like marches, protests, and boycotts. His efforts led to some of the first farm worker contracts in history which gave way to unionism and numerous improvements for laborers. Revered as a pioneer, Chávez is a historical icon for Latinos, liberals, and laborers.
By enacting the Antiquities Act, President Obama has set aside the land as a national monument under federal protection. Within the 120 acres of the Tehachapi Mountains lies a visitor’s center, the United Farm Workers’ legal aid offices, Chavez’s home, a memorial garden containing his grave, and other buildings.
Please sign this petition and applaud the president for preserving this land in honor of a man that has improved working conditions not only for laborers, but for all employees in the United States.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to applaud your recent decision to establish 120 acres in the Tehachapi Mountains in Keene, California as the César E. Chávez National Monument. As the first U.S. National Monument to honor a Latino it is a bold move during an election year that was long overdue. Not only is this an accomplishment for the Latino community, it is a great honor for all American laborers, no matter the color of their collar.
Your commitment to sacred and special places in the U.S is further acknowledged by the three other landmarks you have preserved under the Antiquities Act. I encourage you to continue to use your power to protect areas from environmental and man-made influences that may compromise historical significance. Thank you again for preserving César Chávez, the land where he lived, and the movement he created to improve labor rights everywhere.
[Your Name Here]
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