Azeezaly S. Jaffer
VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS
DISTRICT MANAGERS, CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SALES POSTMASTERS
SUBJECT: Cesar E. Chavez Stamp
The United States Postal Service will issue the Cesar E. Chavez commemorative
postage stamp on April 23, 2003, the 10th anniversary of Chavez's passing. This
stamp honors his life's work and legacy, which continues to inspire millions.
The Cesar E. Chavez stamp serves as a reminder to all Americans that one person
can make a difference.
Chavez is best known as the founder of the United Farm Workers of America,
AFL-CIO (UFW). He was a tireless advocate for nonviolent social change and dedicated
his life to working in service of others. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy once called
Chavez "one of the heroic figures of our time."
I am pleased to inform you that the Postal Service is working with the Cesar
E. Chavez Foundation, based in Los Angeles, to promote this stamp.
Many community events have already taken place surrounding the announcement
of the Cesar E. Chavez stamp. Throughout the coming year, I'm sure you will
find many opportunities to hold your own local event. The issuance of this stamp
is a tribute to Chavez's significance in American history. These activities
go hand in hand with the Postal Service's historic role as a community leader.
As we make plans to promote the Cesar E. Chavez stamp, I want to take this
opportunity to thank you for your support. Inside this field publicity kit,
you will find suggestions and ideas to help you implement events in your community
surrounding the Chavez stamp. Be sure to utilize the expertise of your Public
Affairs and Communications Team as you develop and plan your local events.
Promoting the Postal Service's stamp program provides us with a unique way
to gain community support for Postal Service public policy programs and helps
strengthen our ties with the communities we serve.