LMU celebrates one of California's most impactful labor activists—César Chávez—on the 26th anniversary of his passing.
On April 3, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, an interfaith prayer service was held in celebration of César Chávez's life-long work following a luncheon dedicated to LMU's workers.
Locations like Jamba Juice, The Foundry Cafe, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Habit Burger and Roski were closed between the hours of 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in consideration of this event. The LMU community was encouraged to attend and express their thanks and appreciation for LMU workers in light of the occasion.
Carla Arellano, Hermandad chair for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA) and sophomore screenwriting and history major, presented her poem during the service and assisted in organizing the event. MEChA is a student-lead organization that was inspired by the Chicano/a/x movement in the 1960s. It was established on LMU's campus in 1968 and encourages and promotes the pride for Chicano/a/x culture and history. "The least that students can do on this campus is say thank you, learn [the workers'] names, know them beyond the person that makes your sandwich." During the luncheon, students served the food to everyone while a mariachi band performed for the attendants.
"I feel special that you guys took the time to dedicate; this is my first time being in a company that actually acknowledged the workers," said LMU campus cook Anissa Williams.
The service was sponsored by Campus Ministry, Students for Labor and Economic Justice and the Chicano Latino Student Services and promoted by ASLMU.