All locations of the law library will be closed on Cesar Chavez Day, Monday, March 31.

Cesar Chavez Day is an official state holiday in California to honor the life and work of Cesar Chavez, a labor leader and civil rights activist. Cesar grew up in poverty, experiencing racism in school and social injustices in life. A migrant farm worker, since the age of 10, Cesar experienced first-hand the poor working conditions of farm workers. In 1962, Cesar founded the National Farm Workers Association, later known as the United Farm Workers. Cesar was a strong and effective leader advocating peaceful means to achieve his goals. He organized strikes, marches and boycotts in an effort to change the working conditions and treatment of farm workers. To champion non-violent methods, Cesar often fasted to prove that violence was not necessary for justice to prevail. 

According to Cesar, “non-violence is a very powerful weapon. Most people don’t understand the power of non-violence and tend to be amazed by the whole idea. Those who have been involved in bringing about change and see the difference between violence and non-violence are firmly committed to a lifetime of non-violence, not because it is easy or because it is cowardly, but because it is an effective and very powerful way.”