César Chávez Celebration | Si Se Puede!

In light of the recent developments and as result of an abundance of caution regarding the COVID-19,  the WHSF’s board of directors  and Mexican Fiesta have decided to postpone the Cesar Chavez event scheduled for March 29.  The decision to postpone the event was made to protect the health of our community and supporters.

We look forward to your support and collaboration once the future date of the event is determined. Thank you!

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc/Mexican Fiesta has the honor to invite you to celebrate the César Chávez birthday on Sunday, March 29th, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Flores Hall located at 2997 S. 20th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215.

Let’s get to know our history! César Chávez was born on March 31st, 1927 in Yuma Arizona. His family moved to California to work as migrant farm workers after losing their land in the great depression. In 1962, Chávez became a co-founder of the National Farm Workers’ Association, now known as the United Farm Workers. He became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, leading the struggle for better rights for farm workers, his aggressive but nonviolent tactics made him gained national awareness. He went on several hunger strikes to highlight his campaigns.

At this celebration, we are highlighting his dedication for better working conditions for farmers. As part of the event we are inviting three civil right activists that were part of this movement to share their stories:

PANELISTS:

Ernesto Chacón

  • Former Director and President of the Latin American Union for Civil Rights (LAUCR) in Milwaukee
  • Co-founder of La Guardia, a Spanish-English newspaper

Jesús Salas

  • Founder of Obreros Unidos/The United Workers Union
  • First Latino CEO of United Migrant Opportunity Services (1969)

David Giffey

  • Artist, journalist, and photographer.
  • Co-author of Struggle for Justice: The Migrant Farm Worker Labor Movement in Wisconsin, a chronicle of Wisconsin and Texas

Civil Rigths Activist guest: Ramona Villarreal

EXHIBITIONS:

  • LUCHA por la Justicia – Struggle for justice / Photograph exhibition by David Giffey and UWM Archives
  • A Legacy of Valor – Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients / Exhibit by American GI Forum Wisconsin
  • Arts & Crafts – Exhibition and Marketplace by Latinas Unidas en las Artes (LUNA)

MOVIE:

  • Cesar Chavez “History is Made One Step at a Time”

Note: Exhibitions will remain open to the public from March 30 to April 5 / 10 am – 5 pm

For more information please contact us at 414-383-7066. Seats are first come first served. Limited capacity.

Event subject to change without prior notice.

Date & Location

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Flores Hall

2997 S. 20th St.

Milwaukee, WI 53215