Cesar Chavez Press Conference with Gov. Quinn

April 03, 2012


Yesterday the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Serve Illinois, AmeriCorps, and Gov. Pat Quinn participated in a celebratory press conference of Cesar Chavez's legacy of community service and education. Cesar Chavez was a great American, worker, and community leader. Today commemorated his birth, life, and legacy. 

He believed in worker rights, having a union, and the importance of working people coming together. H believed in the ethic of service and service learning which Illinois takes very seriously. Though Cesar Chavez was not formally educated he still strived to learn through self-education. 


Leaders from all over the state joined the crowd in celebration of a great leader. ICIRR's CEO Lawrence Benito who also serves as the serve Illinois commissioner, spoke about his commitment to service that took root after his service in the United States Peace Corps. Uniting America fellows Hugo Jacobo and Militza Pagan spoke shortly after about their own experiences and commitments to service as Uniting America Fellows. "Volunteerism has no bottom line and no cost-benefit analysis."