"Cesar Chavez spent his life leading the charge for justice, equality, and civil rights; for the rights of workers and the underprivileged; for fair wages and decent benefits; and for securing a bright economic future for working families. Through acts of non-violence -- boycotts, fasts, and marches -- he scored important victories for farm workers. Through his advocacy, his words, and his moral authority -- through the battles he fought and won -- he strengthened our entire nation.
"Over the course of his life, Cesar Chavez' work gave meaning to a long-standing fundamental truth: that the values of Hispanic Americans are the same as those of all Americans; that the aspirations of the Hispanic community are the same as those of every community in America. By his actions, he reminded all Americans that the desire to work hard, succeed, and build a better future for our children rests at the core of Hispanic American life -- just as it stands at the center of America's prosperity and progress.
"As we celebrate what would have been his 84th birthday, we recall the inspiring words of Cesar Chavez: "We have seen the future, and the future is ours.'
"As the struggle for workers' rights continues in state capitals and local communities today, we pledge to take hold of our own future -- grasping the opportunities Chavez secured for the generations that followed; rededicating ourselves to the causes he championed; committed to realizing the American dream for all."