Darryl Morin, the national president of the advocacy group Forward Latino, jumped from his chair when he saw it on TV — with civil and labor rights leader Cesar Chavez putting it behind President Joe Biden as he signed the executive order.
“I literally jumped out of my chair and yelled ‘This is Caesar Chavez! Caesar Chavez!’,” Said Morin, whose group took on behalf of Latino on civil rights and anti-discrimination causes.
The bust itself quickly gained attention on social media.
Family behind Bend Biden was sitting on a console with photographs as he sat at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office and signed executive orders on racial equity and combating the Kovid-19 epidemic, which Chavez’s farmers Were cruel to. to support. Biden is also sending an immigration bill to Congress, which will be given temporary legal status if he undergoes a criminal background check and has worked in the agricultural sector in the past five years.
“When I think that our community has been going through all these things for the last four years, no strong message of sympathy can be given and the importance of our community can be carried forward,” Morin said. From the Latino side.
Caesar Chavez was in Bast La Paz, California at the National Monument and, according to the Caesar Chavez Foundation, was sent to Washington at the request of the White House. The Foundation said it had never been in the Oval Office before.
“My father’s halt in the Oval Office symbolizes a predictable new day for our country,” Chavez’s son and president of the Cesar Chavez Foundation said in a statement. “This is not just because it honors my father, but more importantly because it represents faith and empowerment for a whole people on whose behalf they have struggled and sacrificed.”
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, is the granddaughter of Chavez, one of Biden’s White House officials.
“I’m feeling very excited and honored that this is something he chose as a symbol in his office,” Chavez Rodriguez told NBC News. “It is an honor and a real tribute to the community.”
The Latino community has been hit inconsistently with epidemic cases and high rates of death. The country has a large share of people without legal status, including many farmers.
Dolores Huerta, a civil rights leader who organized activists with Chavez, did not see videos or photos of the bust when it reached NBC News on Wednesday evening, but was told of its presence in the White House.
“I think it’s exciting that he did it. It’s like a reverence for the farmworkers and their honesty is seen in front of Caesar’s hustle to do so, especially when it comes to workers,” She said: “Biden’s commitment to the workforce is very strong.”
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