The School of Law at the University of California, Davis,
will celebrate the contributions of Latino community leader
Cesar Chavez with a series of noon-hour discussions and a
film screening Monday, March 18, through Friday, March 22.
On Monday, a panel of immigrant rights advocates and
organizers will discuss "La Lucha Sigue: Immigrant Workers
and Their Families in the Ongoing Struggle for Justice."
Novelist Alfredo Vea, author of "La Maravilla," "Silver Cloud
Cafe" and "Gods Go Begging," will speak Tuesday about his
childhood in the migrant camps of California and the
contributions made by Filipino, Mexican and South Asian
workers in the struggle for justice for farmworkers.
On Wednesday, Patricio Serna, chief justice of the New Mexico
Supreme Court and the country's only Latino chief justice,
and Cruz Reynoso, UC Davis professor of law and the first
Hispanic to have served on the California Supreme Court, will
share their experiences as Latino pioneers in the judiciary.
Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, author of "500 Years of Chicano
History" and founder of the Institute for Multi-Racial
Justice, will be among the speakers to discuss on Thursday
"Women in the Movimiento."
Cesar Chavez Week will conclude Friday with a screening of
"De Colores." The film examines the challenges faced by gay
Latinos coming out to their families and communities, as well
as the attempts made by some families to overcome homophobia.
All events will take place in the Moot Court Room of King
Hall. The week is being sponsored by the La Raza Law Students
Association, five other law student groups and the UC Davis
Chicana/o studies program.