Today is Cesar Chavez’s birthday. This state holiday in California is commemorated
here with this United Farm Workers video featuring the comments of Robert F. Kennedy,
Edward James Olmos, Martin Sheen and music of Santana.
** CESAR CHAVEZ DAY. Today is Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a state holiday in California and several other states. Chavez, of course, was the co-founder (with Dolores Huerta) and longtime president of the United Farm Workers union. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has become, to the surprise of quite a few people but not NWN, a friend of the farmworkers union, was at Cesar Chavez High School in Delano (southern Central Valley, near Bakersfield) on Thursday with members of the Chavez family to present a portrait of the late Latino civil rights leader. A few of the students passed out during the ceremony. It was probably more the heat than the excitement. Sorry, Governor, it probably wasn’t the prospect of True Lies 2.
** IRANIAN CONFUSION AROUND THE BRITISH HOSTAGES. Iran’s ambassador to Russia was first quoted by the official Iranian news agency as saying that the 15 British naval prisoners will face trial and punishment for their actions. Then he denied saying that, although he was quoted on Russian television saying it. It’s always fun when momentous policy decisions are made up as folks go along, isn’t it?
** PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DESCEND ON IOWA. After holding the first two presidential forums of the campaign season in Nevada, the second-in-the-nation contest, Democratic presidential candidates are descending on Iowa, the first-in-the-nation contest. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, and Chris Dodd will all be there, arriving between today and Tuesday. Republican frontrunner. Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani is also set to venture to the Hawkeye State to kick off his Iowa drive.
** RICHARDSON TO NORTH KOREA. Itinerant international troubleshooter Bill Richardson — the two-term New Mexico governor and former United Nations ambassador and U.S. secretary of energy — will journey to North Korea next month. Richardson, the California native and first major Latino presidential candidate, who is slowly but surely moving out of asterisk land into fourth place in the early Democratic contests in Nevada and California, and would probably be higher already if he didn’t have an Anglo name, has had success before negotiating with the North Koreans on their nuclear weapons program.