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Quinn ‘reconnects’ with Cesar Chavez — via new film
Gov. Pat Quinn is slated to attend the Chicago premiere of “Cesar Chavez” at the AMC River East Friday night. (The film opens nationwide March 28). The governor met Chavez, the Mexican-American civil rights activist, back in February, 1974. Frequently Quinn invokes Cesar Chavez in speeches as an example of someone with a “servant’s heart” — one who lives to serve the poor and downtrodden.
The governor was personally invited by Chavez’s granddaughter, Christine Chavez, who will be in attendance at the premiere along with family and the film’s director, Diego Luna. The film stars Chicago-born Michael Pena as Chavez. Illinois native and Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member John Malkovich, another Illinois native, portrays one of the growers who battled Chavez’s cause.
The film focuses on Chavez and the United Farm Workers long battle in the early 1960s to secure fair wages and working conditions for the farm workers in California — finally achieved following a worldwide boycott of California grapes.