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    March 15, 2004
    Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057,


Farm Labor Organizer, Children's Author Maria Rifo to be Honored at Cesar Chavez Day at SSU

Farm labor organizer and children's author Maria Rifo will be honored in a gathering of speakers, poets, musicians, and dancers in conjunction with Cesar Chavez Day at Sonoma State University at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30 in the Cooperage.

This year's celebration of Cesar Chavez Day at SSU includes a special reading by Maria Rifo of her new children's book, "You Can Do It--Tu También Puedes," co-authored with Laura Goutten.

The story is based on Rifo's personal journey of determination and persistence. Traditional Aztec dances, music, and song, personal accounts and history of the farm worker's struggle, and Latino poetry will also be part of the festivities.

Rifo came to the United States from Santiago, Chile in order to collaborate with United Farm Workers president Cesar Chavez in his efforts to unionize California's farm laborers.

At age 96, Rifo is currently involved with the national nonprofit organization "Alternatives to Violence, USA," an organization she co-founded, which helps former legal offenders learn respect and care for themselves and others.

This event is sponsored by the College Assistance Migrant Program at SSU, Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College and Mendocino Community College. The event is free of charge, but parking on-campus is $2.50.

For more information, contact event organizer Francisco Vasquez at (707) 664-3206.


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