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UC Davis, Cesar Chavez and Disrespecting the Legacy
by Francisco J. Dominguez, Photographer
Tuesday Apr 9th, 2013 12:45 PM
We strongly believe that our children would be much better served by the teachers and teachings of non-violence, compassion and humanitarian concerns.
UC Davis, Cesar Chavez and Disrespecting the Legacy

It has been brought to our attention that the annual Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference to be hosted by U.C. Davis on April 13, 2013 which claims to be in the spirit of Cesar Chavez and his legacy of non-violence, social activism and self-sacrifice is scheduled to include recruitment workshops given by U.S. military recruiters, law enforcement agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

People of color and other minority groups are, by far, over represented in the military; law enforcement is known for its ongoing racial profiling; and the F.B.I. is known for its Cointelpro program and its voluminous documentation and repression of the Chicano movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, the American Indian Movement, as well as many groups who advocate for peace and justice. Clearly, these agencies are not the sort that Cesar Chavez, were he alive today, would have included in this conference designed for Latino middle and high school students and their parents.

We strongly believe that our children would be much better served by the teachers and teachings of non-violence, compassion and humanitarian concerns.

Another serious concern is the choice of U.C. Davis as the venue for this conference. It is public information that Chancellor Katehi and twenty other campus chancellors, as reported in The Nation Magazine on November 23, 2011 presently serve on what is called the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board which promotes discussion and outreach between research Universities and the F.B.I. This, accompanied by the recent infamous police pepper spraying violence against students on the U.C. Davis campus November 18, 2011, makes us question the ethics and morals behind the UCD' administration's inclusion of these agencies as appropriate employers and role models for our young people.