Remembering Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to making this country more just by ensuring farm workers and all working people are treated with respect and dignity. On Monday, March 31, we celebrate his social justice movement.

As a tribute to his life, the film “Cesar Chavez an American Hero” hits theaters today. The film, directed by Diego Luna, depicts Chavez challenges he faced in opposition organizing the United Farm Workers. Following his death on April 23, 1993 more than 50,000 mourners came to honor him at the United Farm Workers Delano Field Office at “Forty Acres.” It was the largest funeral of any labor leader in the history of the United States. The late Senator Robert Kennedy called him “one of the heroic figures of our time.”

Cesar Chavez inspired non-violent organizing for social change. Throughout the country he is commemorated. In Denver, Dr. Ramon Del Castillo from Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Committee will be hosting a march on Saturday, March 29th. The march will begin with a mass at 9:15 a.m. at the chapel on Regis University campus. The marchers will assemble and march to the Cesar Chavez Park where entertainment, food and drinks will be available.

The Sawaya Law Firm is proud to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s life and contributions. This Saturday, March 29th, we will join the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement at the 7th Annual Cesar Chavez Dinner Awards Ceremony. The awardees listed below will be recognized for their contributions to the Latino community.

Fred Ross Award: Mr. Hans Meyer, of the Meyer Law Firm, will receive the Fred Ross Award for his dedication to immigrant right issues and successful defense in a number of well publicized cases.

Civil Servant Award: City Councilman Paul D. Lopez, born and raised resident of west Denver, serves his community as District 3 Denver City Councilman. Councilman Lopez has a long list of achievements in improving the lives of many people, with a strong focus on the Latino community.

Cesar Chavez Award: The Honorable Ken Salazar, Colorado native, a farmer, rancher, and attorney, went on to become the Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. He was elected Colorado Attorney General for two terms, and then in 2004, he successfully ran for the Colorado U.S. Senate. In 2009 he was nominated by President Obama, and confirmed as the Secretary of the Interior; one of two Latino’s to serve in President Obama’s cabinet. Salazar is currently a partner at Wilmer Hale in Denver, Colorado.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.