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Coalition celebrates Cesar Chavez Day

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250 take part

A belated celebration of Cesar Chavez Day drew about 250 people to a local preschool on Sunday. Put on by the Madera Coalition for Community Justice, the 19th annual Cesar Chavez Celebration was pushed back so it would not coincide with Easter, organizers said.

The memory of the late labor and civil rights leader is observed nationally on March 31, which would have been his 86th birthday this year. The observance aims to highlight the life and legacy of Chavez, who worked for the rights of farmworkers, through community service and organization.

Speakers at the local celebration included Supervisors Max Rodriguez and Manuel Nevarez, who was appointed to fill the position by Gov. Jerry Brown last month.

Children and youth performed in song, dance and a play. Animals also formed part of the entertainment as horses did tricks for the audience at the Madera Child Development Center...


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