Cesar Chavez honored during clean-up

March 28, 2009 4:40:42 PM PDT
Hundreds of high school students, community members and immigrant workers came together this morning for a "Day of Service" clean-up activity in Hayward to honor the life and work of labor activist Cesar Chavez.

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Workers from the Hayward Day Labor Center were joined by children, students and other community members to paint over graffiti and pick up trash along the Tennyson corridor.

Gabriel Hernandez, executive director at the center, which was founded in 2007 to provide services for people looking for work, said the community coming together for a clean-up activity signifies the integrity of the participants.

"It's phenomenal," Hernandez said. "Today is a nice day, but they're out here cleaning."

Hernandez believes that the event also indicates positive changes are being made in the midst of the economic crisis.

"Things aren't as bad as (the media) make it sound," Hernandez said.

Following the clean-up activity, Hernandez and the workers held a presentation about Chavez this afternoon at the Hayward Public Library, 835 C St.

Chavez' birthday is Tuesday and events honoring the farm worker are planned throughout the Bay Area for the holiday.

Saturday's "Day of Service" event was sponsored by the Hayward Public Library, La Alianza de Hayward, Chabot Puente Project, and the Hayward Day Labor Center.

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