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César Chávez's fight continues Friday
by Andrew Barbano
Apr 03, 2013 | 4344 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chàvez came from a humble upbringing to impact many lives.

Neither should be made into something larger than life.

The King monument in Washington, DC, demonstrates the danger. The National Park Service is correcting two erroneous quotes carved into the pale granite monolith produced in China. China!

"They've finally turned Dr. King white," growled comedian Chris Rock.

King is depicted with arms folded defensively across his chest. At least the new statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the capitol rotunda is a welcoming caramel color.

THE LINEUP. A record crowd attended Nevada César Chàvez Celebration XI at Circus Circus last week. Two were inducted into the César Chàvez Nevada Labor Hall of Fame.

United Auto Workers boxing impresario George "Battling" Nelson installed Fred Ross, Sr., who mentored César Chàvez in the fine art of organizing workers.

Fred Ross, Jr., made an impassioned case on behalf of the national campaign to convince President Obama to award Ross Sr. a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, as Chàvez himself was honored.

We surprised Nelson by also installing the seven-decade labor warrior. He stood with UAW President Walter Reuther at the 1969 groundbreaking of the United Farm Workers HQ which the auto union funded.

Another Hall of Famer, former Assemblymember Bob Price, D-North Las Vegas, won the evening's most rousing ovation.

Despite undergoing surgery the day before, he came directly from the hospital to the Chàvez event.

The 28-year legislative stalwart resides a few blocks from the Tribune with his wife, former University Regent Nancy Price.

THE LINEUP. We were honored by the presence of Washoe Family Court Judge Frances Doherty and Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado. The state senate was represented by Majority Leader Moises Denis and Revenue Committee Chair Ruben Kihuen, both D-Las Vegas. Former Sen. Stephanie Tyler-Jackson, R-Reno, attended in her capacity as president of AT&T Nevada.

Assemblymembers included Skip Daly, D-Sparks, and Irene Bustamante-Adams, Dina Neal, Olivia Diaz and Dr. Andy Eisen, all southern Nevada Democrats.

Yolanda Garcia, Carson City aide to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Searchlight, presented certificates of commendation from her boss. Granite Construction took home the Project of the Year Award for the I-580/Moana Lane Diverging Diamond Interchange.

CLINGING TO THE LEDGE. The latest attack on wages happens in Carson City on Friday as SB 146 from Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, gets a hearing and a Chàvez-style blasting. See

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER. Half a century ago, Helen Tyler Stewart White involved a youthful Dolores Feemster in the Reno-Sparks NAACP. Feemster is now matriarch of the branch. Mrs. White, 91, passed away March 4.

Read about her in "Portraits of Change," newly available at Sundance Books. Her daughter, UNR Prof. Mary White Stewart, follows four generations of women in her family as the torrents of the 20th Century impact them. Details at

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 44-year Nevadan, editor of, and  E-mail: Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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