Program At A Glance
Seventh Annual Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Breakfast
Program at a Glance
7:00 AM - Doors open and Volunteers set up and decorations begin.
8:00 AM - DJ Art Alcaraz arrives and does DJ equipment set up
9:00 AM - Registration and DJ Music begins.
10:00 AM - Breakfast Buffet and music continues.
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Formal Program
Welcome to last day of LEAD Week by Professor Dr. Enrique Murillo
Welcome to CSU System by Chancellor Dr. Timothy White (video)
Welcome to CSU San Bernardino by President Dr. Tomas Morales
Introduction of Emcee Ms. Kimberly Ellis
Invocation by Ms. Petra Alexander, Director, Office of Latino Affairs, Diocese of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
Pledge of Allegiance by Ms. Sara Garcia, Former President, Chicano Latino Caucus
Patriotic Song played by the DJ "America the Beautiful"
Welcome to the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Breakfast by Ms. Ana Gonzalez, President of the Chicano Latino Caucus
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Eloise Gomez Reyes, State Assembly Member
Short Video "Helen Chavez Documentary"
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Connie Leyva, State Senator
Sing A Long to music "De Colores".
The Honorable Eloise Gomez Reyes, State Assembly Member
Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes was born and raised in Colton, attended Colton High School and San Bernardino Valley College, eventually transferring to USC. She worked up to three jobs while she worked her way through college. She received her law degree from Loyola Law School and not long after, became the first Latina to open her own law office in the Inland Empire.
As a 12-year-old Eloise struggled alongside her family, working every summer in the fields picking onions and grapes. She worked hard to earn money to pay for her school clothes, but this early experience provided the strong work ethic that defines her today. “This work helped me to appreciate the work of so many others who, even today, must work long and hard hours to support their family.”
Eloise’s volunteer work and leadership in the community started long before she became an attorney – she started a youth drill team in Colton when she was 16 and volunteered with in-school scouting and taught Catechism.
She learned early in her life that her passion was to help others and she knew that as an attorney, she could help those who needed protection and assistance.
Before her recent election to the California Assembly, Eloise spent her legal career helping injured workers. Her private practice includes workers’ compensation and personal injury. In addition to her very busy practice, Eloise unselfishly dedicated much time, treasures, and talents to helping the indigent. She was a member of the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, which hasLegal Aid Clinics in the Inland Empire, where she volunteered for over 30 years. Recently, Eloise was named Attorney of the Year for her unequaled hours of volunteer work.
Most recently, Eloise was an Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly Pomona teaching Ethnic Identity: Latin@s, Politics, and Law.
Eloise was a co-founder of the Inland Empire Community Health Center in Bloomington and was active on many Boards including the Children’s’ Spine Foundation, Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Assoc., SBVC Foundation Board, The Brightest Star Foundation (for foster youth), and the National Orange Show Board of Directors. Eloise was also commissioned for a five-year term as an advocate with the Mexican Consulate for San Bernardino, California.
Eloise has received countless awards and honors over the years including Community College League of California Distinguished Alumna, the Barbara Jordan Award for Leadership, SBVC 75th Anniversary Distinguished Alumna Award, Democrat of the Year 2015, Community Hero Against Gun Violence Award, and the Imagen Foundation Award.
Since becoming our newest Assemblymember, Eloise was appointed Chair of the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee and was also appointed to the Special Committee on the Confirmation of Xavier Becerra as Attorney General. Additionally, she has been appointed to various important Committees: Appropriations, Judiciary, Labor, Privacy and Utilities and Energy.
Eloise’s passion and commitment to the community will bring resources and opportunities to San Bernardino county. She will continue to be a leader – fighting alongside those who seek a better community and a better world.
The Honorable Connie Leyva, State Senator
As our State Senator, Senator Leyva is committed to improving California’s schools, environment and communities, as well as creating quality jobs throughout the 20th State Senate District and California. She firmly believes that California families benefit most when we invest in and help strengthen small businesses and other job drivers that create good paying jobs in our local communities.
Senator Leyva serves as Democratic Caucus Chair of the California State Senate, as well as on the Education, Elections and Constitutional Amendments, Health, Human Services, Public Employment and Retirement and Rules committees. She also currently serves on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the Senate Select Committees on California-Mexico Cooperation, Manufactured Home Communities, Ports & Goods Movement and Women and Inequality: Strategies to Promote Opportunity.
A lifelong activist standing up for working people and families, Senator Leyva started working at her local Alpha Beta market as a senior in high school. She served as both Union Representative and President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1428, helping grocery workers gain a stronger voice for fair wages and benefits. Following in that tradition of community service and action to improve the lives of others, she was elected in 2004 as the first woman President of the California Labor Federation, representing more than 2.1 million workers throughout the state.
Raised in Chino, Senator Leyva has lived in the Inland Empire since she was a small child. She attended local schools and graduated from the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders.
Senator Leyva and her husband Al live in Chino and are the proud parents of adult twin daughters, Allie and Jessie.
About the United Farm Workers
Founded in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation's first successful and largest farm workers union currently active in 10 states. The UFW continues to organize in major agricultural industries across the nation. Recent years have witnessed dozens of key UFW union contract victories, among them the largest strawberry, rose, winery and mushroom firms in California and the nation. 75 percent of California's mushroom industry is now under union contract. In 2007, the United Farm Workers signed its first contract with Salinas, Calif.-based D'Arrigo Bros., California's third-largest vegetable company. The agreement covers 1,800 farm workers in the Salinas and Imperial valleys. The UFW signed a contract, also in 2007, with Three Mile Canyon Farms, America's largest dairy-and the first major union contract protecting farm workers in Oregon. They soon signed up another nearby dairy, Willow Creek. Many recent UFW-sponsored laws and regulations aide farm workers; in California, the first state regulation in the U.S. prevents further heat deaths of farm workers. The UFW is also pushing its historic bipartisan and broadly backed AgJobs immigration reform bill. Source: United Farm Workers Website
Core Values of Cesar Chavez
- Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking
- Si Se Puede® Attitude: A personal and organizational spirit that promotes confidence, courage, hard work, and the belief that we can do the impossible.
- Dignity: Recognizing and respecting the inherent worth of all people.
- Innovation: The active pursuit of new ideas.
Prayer of the Farm Workers' Struggle
Show me the suffering of the most miserable, so I will know my people’s plight.
Free me to pray for others, for you are present in every person.
Help me to take responsibility for my own life, so that I can be free at last.
Grant me the courage to serve others, for in service there is true life.
Give me honesty and patience, so that I can work with other workers.
Bring forth song and celebration, so that the Spirit will be alive among us.
Let the Spirit flourish and grow, so that we will never tire of the struggle.
Help us love even those who hate us, so we can change the world.
About Chicano Latino Caucus of San Bernardino County
- Civic Engagement & Responsibility
- Voter Registration
- Legislative Advocacy
- Works to Increase Pipeline and Representation at All Levels of Government
- Independent Political Action Committee (PAC)