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On Cesar Chavez Day, he's remembered in Hempstead

Lilliam Juarez, an organizer at the Workplace Project, in Hempstead Village, says the group’s members did not plan a party or celebration Thursday, which some states (though not New York) observe as Cesar Chavez Day.

But Chavez, the farm labor activist, is on the minds of the Workplace Project members Thursday, she said. He's on Juarez's wall, too. 

“I have a poster of him right here,” Juarez said Thursday, speaking in Spanish in a telephone interview. “It has a message he wrote on it, speaking of how he dedicated his life to organizing workers.”

Chavez, who died in 1993, spent decades organizing migrant laborers into the United Farm Workers union and staged a successful grape boycott. 

Cesar Chavez Day is observed or commemorated in ten states: California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Rhode Island.

On Thursday night the Workplace Project is showing a movie about three immigrant Latinas. It’s titled “Hecho en Los Angeles” or, “Made in Los Angeles.” 

The movie starts at 6 p.m., at 91 North Franklin St., Office 207, Hempstead Village. It's being shown in honor of El Día Nacional de las Trabajadoras Domésticas, which is observed this week..

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