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West Valley City votes to name street after Cesar Chavez

Published August 20, 2013 9:17 pm

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West Valley City • The City Council here voted 6-0 Tuesday to add the name of Cesar Chavez Drive to a stretch of 2320 South in honor of the late labor organizer.

"All of our lives are better because of this man's efforts," Mayor Mike Winder said.

State Rep. Angela Romero said Chavez was important to all working families. And Archie Archuleta, president of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, said the labor leader "was responsible for making sure that those who labored to bring food to our table would receive equal treatment."

The request to name a street after Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers, came from the Utah AFL-CIO. The street will officially remain 2320 South but the portion from 1000 West to Redwood Road also will be known by the commemorative name.

Chavez made a stop at AFL-CIO headquarters just north of 2320 South during his 1979 "Grapes of Wrath" campaign against the use of pesticides that were harming farm workers. The labor union says the commemorative name celebrates the cultural diversity and rich agricultural heritage of the community.

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