(AP) President Obama is designating the California home of labor leader Cesar Chavez as a national monument, a move likely to shore up support from Latino and progressive voters just five weeks before the election.
The White House said Monday that Obama will establish the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene (Kern County) during a campaign swing through California next week. The property is known as La Paz, short for Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, or Our Lady Queen of Peace.
The site served as national headquarters of the United Farm Workers union, as well as Chavez’s home, from the early 1970s until his death in 1993. Chavez is buried there and his grave site will be part of the monument.