The 2012 White House Champions of Change were recognized for living out Cesar Chavez values of leadership, community service and service to others at a breakfast reception held in honor of Cesar Chavez Day sponsored by the Office of Advocacy and Outreach and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Cesar Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader who used non-violent methods to fight for the rights of migrant farm workers in the southwestern United States. Chavez founded the Cesar Chavez Foundation, a group that advocates for the rights of farm workers, acting to increase wages and improve the working conditions and safety of farm workers. (Back L to R Escuela Katelolco teacher in Denver, CO Nita Gonzales, Cornell University, Cornell Farmworker Program Director in Ithaca, NY Mary Jo Dudley, Florida Legal Services representative in Tallahassee, FL Robert Williams, and United Farm Workers of America representative in Salinas, CA Rogelio Loan. Front row L to R Progressive Leadership Alliance representative in Reno, NV Elvira Diaz, Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation representative in Las Cruces, NM Rose Garcia, Student Action with Farm Workers representative in Durham, NC Melinda Wiggins, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Sacramento, CA Rev. Eve Nunez, Spanish Language Department Kipp High School Director, Philadelphia, PA Nancy Cubano, and President, Chinese American Service League, Inc.in Sacramento, CA âBernieâ Lo Wong,). USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 27, 2014