Monday, April 03, 2006

Biography for Christine Chavez

Biography for Christine Chavez

Christine Chavez has made a lifetime commitment to public service, civil rights and the labor movement. Christine was born in Delano, California where she was surrounded by the farm worker movement.

Today, Christine works for the United Farm Workers of America, the union her grandfather Cesar Chavez helped to cofound 40 years ago. For the last eight years, she has served as the UFW’s Political Director.

Based in East Los Angeles, Christine’s responsibilities include raising public awareness to protect the civil rights of farm workers and the larger immigrant community. Over the last eight years, she has helped elect candidates, pass legislation and oversee public outreach activities. Latina Magazine recently named her as one of their top latinas of 2004 for her longtime involvement with civil rights issues – in particular her recent work to give same sex couples to right to marry under the law.

Christine displayed a commitment to the labor movement at an early age. At the age of four in Detroit, during the grape boycott, she was arrested with her family for refusing to leave the front of a store that continued to sell grapes.

Chavez’s commitment has extended to other unions. She was engaged in SEIU, Local 1877’s battle against LAX. She fought in UNITE HERE Local 11’s battle against the hotel industry. And she organized rallies in support of UFCW’s protracted Southern California strike.

Every year, Christine oversees the annual Cesar Chavez Walk where over 10,000 people gather to honor the legacy of the great labor leader. She is 7 responsible for mobilizing schools, colleges, unions, churches and community groups.

Christine recently announced her candidacy for the 45th Assembly District which includes the communities of Angelino Heights, Atwater Village, Chinatown, City Terrace, Cypress Park, East Hollywood, East L.A., Echo Park, El Serreno, Elysian Valley, Hermon, Highland Park, Glassell Park, Hollywood, Lincoln Heights, Little Armenia, Montecito Heights, Mt. Washington, Pilipinotown, Silver Lake, Thaitown, and University Hills.

Christine resides in City Terrace. Her campaign is based on the values passed down to her from her grandfather…the fight for civil rights, social justice and labor equality.

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