October 8th, 2012
09:42 AM ET

Obama to announce Cesar Chavez monument

President Obama will make modern history Monday when he announces the creation of a monument to honor Cesar Chavez, as he works to energize Latino voters less than a month before the presidential election.

The Cesar E. Chavez National Monument will become the 398th park in the National Park Service system, and the first since the 1700s to honor a Latino, the park service told CNN.

The president will speak at the event in Keene, California, on land known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, where Chavez lived and led the farm worker movement.

"Cesar Chavez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere," Obama said in a statement. "La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation's history, and by designating it a national monument, Chavez' legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come."

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  1. Dave

    Is he the president of the US or Mexico (Azatlan)?

    October 8, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eduardo

    Too many Mexican Americans much of the southwestern United States is and will always be part of Mexico. They feel America stole this land and support Reconquista and establishment of the state of Azatlan. We need a US president who will stand up to these invaders. Not one who caters to them like Obama.

    October 8, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  3. Obama's Tunnels

    US MILITARY defense satellites can and have detected dozens of tunnels that run beneath our southern border. For decades, tunnels have been there running guns south, with drugs and cheap labor running north.
    Why have our presidents allowed these tunnels to remain in operation?

    October 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. political strategist

    Since President Obama can only count-on 96% of the black vote this time, he had to do something to fill that 2% void. This Cesar Cavez monument will insure at least another 2% of the brown vote he got last time.
    If you are brown or black, you have a better than 90% chance of voting for Obama.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @Obama's Tunnels.
    So these tunnels were there for decades. But our military detected them now. The past administrations were of course unaware of these things , poor fellows or they would have done something about them.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @political strategis

    Sure. Whites never voted for President Obama and wouldn't vote for him now. All of us can see that . lol
    Thanks for the insight.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Oh, Obama and his eviiiiiiiiil shenanigans, lol.

    Cesar Chavez is a homegrown hero to many Latinos, and I see nothing wrong with honoring a man who fought so tirelessly for the civil rights of farm workers and Latinos.

    October 8, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      It doesn't hurt that mittins recently called them lazy freeloaders. Of course if you make under 250k/year obama should be your choice. I was thinking of gary jonson, but after reading more, he is against reproductive rights and equal civil rights, so no to that.

      October 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hmmm

    Why is it ok for latinos to only do for latinos but blacks have to do for everybody. And blacks is the reason obama is the pres. Not the latinos and it will be the same this time. So why so much pandering

    October 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Fighting for worker rights is a trite different than promising free bla bla bla to someone that doesn't belong here (that happens too).

    October 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sure it does, but it doesn't diminish what Cesar Chavez did, or make him any less worthy of this honor.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I wonder if Cesar Chavez and Hugo Chavez are related? Hmmm?

    October 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anika Smith

      Not at all. You could at least look it up before saying things like that.

      March 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    This Monument is clearly being erected under the guise to honor this man. When in fact, he has had many parks, cultural centers, libraries, schools, and streets have been named in his honor in cities across the United States.
    How many honors does one need?
    Obviously there is no trace of concealing Obama's agenda here.

    October 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hmmmmm

    Are you jealous Miss Mary, that no one is honoring your presense? Do something constructive for people in general, instead of critisizing everyone and maybe, just one day, maybe you will be honored too! Although i really doubt your wired that way.

    October 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Molestinos

    Good that CC is dead?

    October 9, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hide Behind

    Sorry the whites have had their votes bought fpr a long while n now amd it is time we buy evrrones vote, after all it is the democratic thing too doThe white middle class have lived off the backs of poor working ameticans and received every benefit imaginableYhe fact that it was borrowed and exploited minoritys they sponged off of has finally hit the wall.
    Bush got reelected and crowned Emporer in vhief for a measly 300 or 600 bucks per person making a new psrk for the latino bote a cheap brube

    October 9, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Must be a typo...I think the POTUS meant Hugo Chavez.

    October 10, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |