Cesar Chavez, along with Delores Huerta, founded the United Farmworkers Union of America in 1962. Chavez left a legacy of nonviolence, grass-roots organizing, and he is responsible for numerous labor improvements today.

To recognize this example of the enduring American spirit, AARP Colorado will celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez in Pueblo in March and in Denver in April.

AARP Colorado is joining Pueblo LULAC Council No. 3043 for a luncheon to celebrate the life of Chavez, a national leader. Lunch will be Thurs. March 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Colorado State University – Pueblo Occhiato Ballroom, 2200 Bonforte Blvd.

Cesar Chavez Day has been an official holiday of the City and County of Denver since 2002. This year’s holiday will be observed Sat. April 6, beginning at 10 a.m., with a parade from Regis University, 3333 Regis Blvd., at the corner of Lowell Boulevard and 50th Avenue, to Cesar Chavez Park at West 41st Avenue and Tennyson Street.

The celebration of Chavez’s life will continue at 11 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park and along Tennyson Street. AARP Colorado is sponsoring the 2013 celebration, participating in the parade and will have a booth at the park. Please stop by and learn about AARP advocacy work in your community.

For more information on the parade and celebration in Denver, or the Pueblo LULAC luncheon, please call Roberto Rey at the AARP Colorado State Office, 303-318-6763, or rrey@aarp.org.

The 1965 Delano Grape Strike launched UFW into a national labor movement. During this period of fast-paced organizing with strikes and boycotts, Chavez lobbied for change, negotiated contracts with growers, organized workers and spearheaded farmworker political activities.

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