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For Immediate Release
March 11, 2014

RCC Alumnus, Activist to Speak at Chavez Breakfast

 

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Ana María Espinoza, a Riverside City College graduate who walked with Cesar Chavez and worked for the United Farm Workers Union, will be the keynote speaker at Moreno Valley College's ¡Sí Se Puede! (Yes We Can) Scholarship Breakfast on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7 am in the Student Academic Services building, presented by Cardenas Markets.

Today, Espinoza continues Chavez' legacy work as the director of His for the Fields, a missionary organization which she founded in 1993 in Maneadero, Baja California, Mexico. His for the Fields is a food center for farm worker children and women, which also provides health care, food preparation, sewing and construction training to farm worker families to improve their quality of life.

"Cesar taught us about the power in unity; he would constantly remind us that 'unity is the force of the people,' " Espinoza said. "Even though we were not geographically together we still felt as one. I'm excited to be part of the [scholarship breakfast] event as I see it as creating unity throughout the community.

Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit MVC's scholarship fund. Tickets for the breakfast are $25 and available at (951) 571-6358. On-campus event parking is free. Sponsorship opportunities are still available through the Riverside Community College District Foundation at (951) 222-8627.

As part of the celebration, MVC students participated in a Visual Arts Competition. This year's theme was "Cesar Chavez and Education." Entries were accepted in five categories: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture and video. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded for the winning entries. Scholarships will be awarded to students from Moreno Valley College, and Moreno Valley and Val Verde Unified School Districts.

The event is co-sponsored by Val Verde Unified School District, Moreno Valley College EOPS, Associated Students of Moreno Valley College, the RCCD Foundation, Altura Credit Union, County of Riverside-Supervisor Marion Ashley, Dr. Sandra Mayo, Dr. Robin Steinback, Maureen Chavez, Jose Rubalcaba, Sal Soto, Joseph Edward, Mary Figueroa, and Hermelinda Amezquita.

"Ana María is a shining example of how an education can awaken social consciousness," said Bonavita Quinto-MacCallum, associate professor of Spanish and a committee member for the breakfast. "The inspiration of working with Cesar Chavez led her to actively live one of Chavez' beliefs: 'We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget progress and prosperity for our community, our ambition must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own'."

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