Editorial: Whatever happened to honoring Chávez?
HHM has come and gone, again, and still no recognition of labor leader/community activist César Estrada Chávez, who passed away on 23 April 1993.
Since his tragic and untimely death, recognitions have been made throughout the United States to honor Chávez, but not in Toledo.
Political leaders in Toledo have come and gone and all have promised to make such recognitions. But, alas, they haven’t complied.
When Carty Finkbeiner was mayor (1994-2002), he made some inroads in involving Latinos in the political process but he failed to honor Chávez—ditto for Mayor Jack Ford, who promised after he was elected in November of 2001 that he would make such tribute.
True, Mayor Ford has executed annual proclamations for Chávez and Chávez Day on March 31, his birthday, but more is needed.
Whoever wins the mayoral’s race on November 8—Finkbeiner or Ford—please, por favor, give César Estrada Chávez his due. The city missed the boat with Toledo’s Train Terminal in South Toledo but please don’t miss it now.