One year ago President Obama declared today Cesar Chavez Day, in honor of the pioneering farm labor organizer who was born on this day in 1927 (Yuma, Arizona). He founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962—known today as the United Farm Workers (UFW). Chavez died in 1993 but his legacy and image remain a strong symbol of working class America. His union's rallying cry, "Si, se puede", inspired President Obama's 2008 campaign slogan, "Yes We Can".
Today also marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, commonly known simply as Selena. In 1995 she was shot by the president of her fan club in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Tonight the moon will be 86% illuminated in its waxing gibbous phase. Look for a full moon at the end of the week with a lunar eclipse visible, especially to those of us in the western states, just before sunrise Saturday morning. Set your alarms for 4:30 a.m. Pacific Time and tell me how it was.