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Cesar Chavez Interfaith Service 2012

Date(s)/Time(s)/Duration/Location(s): Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
Campus Organization, Contact Person and Contact Information: Campus Ministry & CLSS, John Flaherty,

Activity: This annual service is a celebration of the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. Several LMU students, staff and faculty can trace their family ties to the work and plight of the farm workers here in the United States. Often times, an LMU student who is the child of former or current laborers will deliver a testimony at this service. At other times, an undocumented student It has also become a celebration of our own workers in Facilities & Maintenance as well as those who work for Sodexo Food Services.

Experiences: Students gather alongside facilities employees including the custodial staff and groundskeepers.  Students have the opportunity to meet and speak with those who prepare and serve them their food, clean their bathrooms, and care for LMU.  The luncheon that follows the service (which the students host for the facilities/maintenance & Sodexo employees is one of the most moving and gratifying experiences of the year.

Keywords: Farm workers, Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, Just wages.

Faith/Spiritual Component: The spiritual component is fairly overt in this event.  Cesar Chavez was Catholic and he knew the seven tenants of Catholic Social Teaching.  He understood that he had to stand for the rights of farm laborers in order to secure a better life for all.