• Postponed to

    March 2021

  • Join the Excitement

    Las Mañanitas 2020

    As We Celebrate Our Honoree

    And The Accomplishments of our Chavistas!

    Larry Tramutola

    2020 Honoree

    Larry Tramutola was Cesar Chavez' assistant and has a long history as a community organizer and social justice advocate. His roots as an organizer come from the Fred Ross Organizing Tree, whose branches include Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla, Marshall Ganz, Eliseo Medina and many others.

     

    “I began organizing fresh out of college. I was full of idealism but lacking any practical experience or the discipline necessary to be effective. I was eager to make a difference in the world, but I had no idea where to start. It wasn’t until I met Fred Ross and volunteered to help the United Farm Workers union (UFW), led by Cesar Chavez, that I really learned the skills and developed the discipline necessary to make change. The lessons I learned in the UFW from Fred Ross and other organizers provided the foundation for my career as an organizer.”

     

    When I joined the UFW, it was struggling for survival in its attempt to improve the lives of America’s poorly paid agricultural workers. My contribution to the cause in the first few months was standing out in front of grocery stores asking people not to purchase grapes or lettuce."

     

    Larry is an expert on tax elections, grass roots organizing, and political strategy. His work has led to the passage of billions of dollars in additional local funding for public schools, colleges, parks, libraries and hospitals; recent landmark victories against Big Soda and Big Tobacco with the passage of the first in the nation successful taxes on sugar sweetened beverages and the first in the country prohibition of sales of flavored tobacco products; and the election of hundreds of candidates from school boards to national elected offices.

     

    Larry is the author of three books on organizing and is the founder of The Organizing and Leadership Academy (TOLA), a rigorous “hands-on” training program for individuals interested and motivated to pursue a career in organizing. TOLA is built around the organizing lessons of Fred Ross, applied to current and real life problems.

     

  • Videos

    Enjoy these videos from our past Las Mañanitas events.

    2019 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Eliseo Medina, a Mexican American labor union activist and leader, and advocate for immigration reform in the United States. From 1973 to 1978, he was a board member of the United Farm Workers. He was also secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) until 2013.

    2018 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Jerry Cohen, former General Counsel of the UFW. This is a video of his remarks primarily directed at the 150 Chavista students who were seated directly in front of him.

    2018 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Shown at the 2018 Las Mañanitas Breakfast. Overview of Chavez Clubs with interviews of students about why they love to be a Chavista. Video filmed by Nicolas Dibello-Hitta.

    2017 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Luis Valdez. Here is another video about our 2017 Las Manzanitas Breakfast.

    2017 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Luis Valdez, the father of Chicano theater. Watch this amazing video shown to the Las Manzanitas audience with interviews of our Chavistas discussing what the Cesar Chavez legacy mean to them.

    2016 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Video of Marshal Ganz speech.

    2015 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Ken Msemaji and Fahari Jeffers

    2014 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Maurice "Mo" Jourdane.

    2013 Las Mañanitas Breakfast

    Honoring Leon Williams, Senator Lucy Killea, Gracia Molina de Pick and Armando Rodriguez.

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