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Thousand Oaks Elementary School
Photo: Mark Coplan
Thousand Oaks was awarded the 2005 Chávez Legacy Award by the Chávez family for its continuous and outstanding participation in the commemorative efforts. This year, as part of their service to the community, 4th and 5th grade students developed a curriculum and spent the day teaching students in the lower grades about the environment and non-violence. Here students staged a role plan with third graders. The girls froze at this point, while other third graders gave example of how to solve their problems non-violently.

 

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City Hall Peace Bell
Photo: Mark Coplan
Richard Chávez, the brother of César Chávez, who earned his own distinction in working for farm worker justice, spoke at City Hall in Berkeley in 2004. He is standing next to the city’s official peace bell on the 10th anniversary of Cesar’s passing. Five young poets from Youth Speaks, stylized a spoken word performance of the 10 official values of Chavez, interspersed with 10 strikes of the peace bell.

 

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Solar Noon Astronomy Workshop
Lori Lambertson of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute offers a brief workshop to Berkeley elementary school students on the reasons for the seasons.

 

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March to Site
After a performance piece by four elementary schools at the commemoration in 2001, a spontaneous procession was initiated by Berkeley school children, citizens and elected officials. They marched up to the site that had just been reserved by the City Council for the Solar Calendar/Chávez Memorial at Chávez Park

 

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Cuauhtli Mitotani Mexica
Youngsters from the Azteca dance group, Cuauhtli Mitotani Mexica, with their Director, Adriana Betti, performed and blessed the site as part of the 2002 Chavez Commemoration at Chávez Park.

 

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Birth of the homage to César Chávez
In 2001 and 2002 four schools silk screened 100 UFW flags, made 50 multicolored streamers signifying the colors of the various directions, and 50 placards that contained the words and values of Cesar Chavez. Again, Thousand Oaks School led in that effort along with Cragmont Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, and the East Bay Conservation Corp Charter School. These were all utilized at a performance piece at César Chávez Park. Each school represented one of four selected virtues of Chávez as it applied to one of the four cardinal directions

 

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School Assembly
Photo: Mark Coplan
Students and Teachers assemble at Thousand Oaks to ask, “What would Cesar Do?”

 

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City Hall Reception
Photo: Mark Coplan
Mayor Tom Bates and Assemblywoman Loni Hancock spoke before a special gathering at City Hall in 2005 to welcome several Chávez family members and Arturo Rodriguez, President of the United Farm Workers to the city during the commemorative period (March 21 to April 23rd). Fred Medrano, Director of Health & Human Services, served as master of ceremonies.

 

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Earth Team
Over 75 student volunteers from Alameda and Contra Costa County high schools participated in their 2nd annual César Chávez Day Celebration and Environmental Service Project. They removed trash from the shoreline at Berkeley Aquatic Park, and also mulched around native plants. Their work will help wildlife at the park, as well as help beautify the area for the human community to enjoy, They were also introduced to the history and importance of Chavez’s labor and environmental work.

 

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East Bay Conservation Corp.
Here we see a crew from the Corp, under the supervision of Bill Richie, installing the Interim Solar Calendar at César Chávez Park. This was part of their service to the community to honor Chávez. ISC is a temporary installation while funds are being raised for the eventual memorial solar calendar. The Corp has faithfully helped to maintain the site, which included a significant upgrade in 2005.

 

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Service For Peace
Photo: Jove Meyer
Service For Peace is another community service group that has been invaluable in maintaining and upgrading the Interim Solar Calendar site. Bill Richie, their supervisor, has been one of the longest and most valuable contributors to our overall effort to create a memorial for Chávez.

 

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City Proclamation Awarded to Planning Committee
Photo: Mark Coplan
Many of the members of the Committee were present at the City Council meeting to receive a proclamation from the Mayor and City Council acknowledging the legacy of Chávez as well as the work of the Chávez Commemoration Committee.

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