Reminder that Monday, Mar 28 is a @LASchools holiday and we’ll return Tuesday Mar 29 #SiSePuede
Excerpts from a Statement issued in August 2000 after the Cesar Chavez holiday bill was signed into law (http://www.cesarchavezholiday.org/aboutcesarechavez.html)
César Estrada Chávez, the late founder and president of the United Farm Workers of America, had deep confidence in the ability of people to move mountains of injustice. In fact, under his leadership, farm workers moved the agribusiness mountain and won the first union contracts for agricultural workers in the grape fields.The Mexican American labor leader was a humble man who gave of himself unselfishly to the cause of farm workers and all workers. He championed the cause of equality for Latinos like no one else. His courage in the face of some of our nation’s most powerful industries inspired generations of all races and nationalities to fight the good fight.
Millions followed Cesar Chavez on his journey which won monumental gains for farm workers, for civil rights, political representation for racial minorities and environmental justice. These achievements place him as one of the most outstanding leaders of the twentieth century.
On August 18th, 2000 the state of California recognized that legacy when Governor Gray Davis signed into law the creation of an official state holiday which will be celebrated starting in 2001 on Cesar Chavez’s birthday March 31st. Also established will be a Cesar Chavez day of learning and service in the state’s public schools where the state’s youth will be taught about Cesar and his union. This is the first time in the United States that a Latino or labor leader has ever received this tribute.
"Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader. And his cause lives on. As farmworkers and laborers across America continue to struggle for fair treatment and fair wages, we find strength in what Cesar Chavez accomplished so many years ago. And we should honor him for what he's taught us about making America a stronger, more just, and more prosperous nation. That's why I support the call to make Cesar Chavez's birthday a national holiday. It's time to recognize the contributions of this American icon to the ongoing efforts to perfect our union."
Senator Barack Obama March 31, 2008.
Monday (2/15) @LASchools will be closed in observance of Lincoln's and Washington's Birthdays
The history of Presidents' Day can be traced back to the late 1700s. People began celebrating George Washington's birthday (February 22) while he was still president. About a hundred years later, his birthday became a federal holiday. Meanwhile, many people celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday, February 12, in the year of his assassination (1865) and afterward, though Lincoln's birthday never became a federal holiday.
Monday (1/18) @LASchools will be closed in observance of birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr @History
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. (http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/martin-luther-king-jr)
@EagleRockElem & all @LASchools will be closed 11/23 thru 11/27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday
Just a reminder that Eagle Rock Elementary will be closed from Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends and we'll see you back on campus when classes resume Monday, November 30.
Thanksgiving Day has been an annual holiday in the United States since 1863. Not everyone sees Thanksgiving Day as a cause for celebration. Each year since 1970, a group of Native Americans and their supporters have staged a protest for a National Day of Mourning at Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Thanksgiving Day. American Indian Heritage Day is also observed at this time of the year.
There are claims that the first Thanksgiving Day was held in the city of El Paso, Texas in 1598. Another early event was held in 1619 in the Virginia Colony. Many people trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving Day to the harvest celebration that the Pilgrims held in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. However, their first true thanksgiving was in 1623, when they gave thanks for rain that ended a drought. These early thanksgivings took the form of a special church service, rather than a feast.
In the second half of the 1600s, thanksgivings after the harvest became more common and started to become annual events. However, it was celebrated on different days in different communities and in some places there were more than one thanksgiving each year. George Washington, the first president of the United States, proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day in 1789.
Wed 11/11 @LASchools closed to observe holiday in honor of all the men and women veterans of all wars
LAUSD schools will be closed next Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” (Learn More)
is observed Mon 9/7 #EagleRockElem & #LASchools will be closed | Enjoy your long weekend & be safe!
Created by the labor movement in the late 19th century, Labor Day pays tribute the the vast contributions and achievements of American Workers. It is observed on the first Monday in September and became a federal holiday in 1894.
#EagleRockElem will be closed Fri (9/4) as #LASchools honor date when CA was admitted to USA
On Friday 9/4, Eagle Rock Elementary will be closed for a school holiday in observance of Admission Day which marks the day that our great state of California was admitted into the United States as the 31st state on Sept. 9, 1850. This is an official California state holiday.
There will be no school this Monday 5/25 as we observe #MemorialDay
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.
Reminder that Monday, Apr 6 is a school holiday and we’ll return Tuesday Apr 7 #SiSePuede
This year, all LAUSD schools will observe César Chávez Day on Monday, April 6 in celebration of the birthday of César Estrada Chávez and it serves as a tribute to his commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity.
Cesar Chavez was a labor organizer among the agricultural workers of the Southwest. With Delores Huerta he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which became the United Farm Workers. Throughout the 1960s and early 70s this union engaged in labor actions until it finally won the right of collective bargaining for California agricultural workers in 1975.
The largest of these actions was the Salad Bowl Strike. In competition with both the California growers and the Teamsters Union, the largely Hispanic UFW walked off the job on August 23, 1970 in the largest farm strike in American history. Targeted at the lettuce growers, this action caused the price of lettuce to double almost overnight. The strike did not end until March 26, 1971.
Over the ensuing years a series of agreements was worked out including the right for collective bargaining, though the persistence since that time of the UFW's gains is debatable.