The Legacy of Cesar Chavez

Cesar ChavezToday, we remember Cesar Chavez, a true champion for civil rights and the rights of workers. His life and legacy demonstrate how the freedoms we enjoy today were only made possible by struggle and sacrifice.

My grandfather was carried across the border with the hope of a better life, and this city and country provided that. Cesar Chavez fought so that the American dream would be there for everyone who works hard and dreams big.

Thanks to him and other courageous leaders, we’ve come a long way. But there is still a long way to go -- there are still too many dreams deferred and opportunities denied because of race, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation.

While others are paralyzed by politics, we here in Los Angeles have opened our own Office of Immigrant Affairs; are doubling our summer youth jobs program; and are keeping our city safe by working with our residents, not against them.

Our Los Angeles is one where all of us are treated equally and have an equal shot at success. That is what my work as Mayor is focused on and I look forward to the day when our city truly lives up to the legacy of Cesar Chavez.