Saturday is the birthday of Cesar Chavez, who founded and led the massively influential United Farm Workers of America. In California, some government offices will be closed today (Friday) or Monday.
Chavez -- born March 31, 1927 — is credited with ending widespread discriminatory practices against Hispanics in America, particularly in California during the 1960s and ’70s. He often used the slogan “Si, se puede,” which is Spanish for: “Yes, it can be done.”
The Navy veteran and labor leader, who died in 1993, also famously mobilized thousands of migrant farmworkers. The action promoted and achieved union contracts and labor rights for field workers. Chavez faced death threats throughout his life.
More of your morning links below:
— Zimmerman’s brother says medical records will prove that George Zimmerman was attacked by Trayvon Martin in a Florida neighborhood before the 17-year-old was shot to death by Zimmerman. A surveillance video released to ABC showed that Zimmerman appeared to have no wounds on his body after he killed the teenager. In an interview last night, Robert Zimmerman said medical records will prove otherwise. (CNN)
— White supremacist claims to have hacked Trayvon Martin’s e-mails and social networking accounts. Gawker says it has verified that at least one of the slain teenager's accounts was broken into. (Gawker)
— Two NATO troops killed in Afghanistan. NATO says that two service members have been killed in southern Afghanistan, one in a roadside bomb and the other in an attack by insurgents. (Guardian)
— Afghan police officer shot and killed nine of his comrades in southeast Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. (Associated Press)
— Dozens of Taliban fighters killed in U.S. air strikes in western Afghanistan after an Afghan army patrol came under attack. Officials warn of a tough summer of fighting ahead. (Reuters)
Israel and the West Bank
— Israel closes off West Bank ahead of protests. As part of the annual Land Day rallies, Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza will protest what they say are discriminatory Israeli land policies. Israeli forces went on high alert ahead of the protests. (Telegraph)