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Republicans Reject Cesar Chavez Day…Again

Senator Bob Menendez and senate minority leader Chuck Schumer proposed legislation to honor worker’s rights leader Cesar Chavez on what would have been his 90th birthday. Not one Republican would co-sponsor or back the resolution. This is the tenth year in a row that Menendez and Schumer tried to honor Chavez. Menendez said,

“At a moment of immense uncertainty and anxiety for the Latino community, we could not find one single Senate Republican willing to join us in recognizing the life and legacy of this great American in a bipartisan manner.”

Chavez was a Latino migrant worker’s rights leader that led protests and campaigns to improve the lives of farmer workers. He is considered by many to be the Latino equivalent of Martin Luther King, Jr. Much like King there has been conservative opposition to honoring Chavez for years. In 2014 the measure was defeated by none other than Jeff Sessions who is now the attorney general of the United States. It is hard to justify the opposition without concluding that it stems from racism against Latinos.

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