NOTE: The Honorable Cruz Reynoso, the first Chicano Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and professor emeritus of law at UC Davis, will deliver a keynote address on the civil responsibilities and rights which citizens and residents enjoy in our state and country, civic engagement to better our communities, and his ongoing involvement in fighting for justice for victims of police violence in the Yolo County/Sacramento area.
Click here to learn more about this pioneering civil rights advocate: At Age 80, Trailblazer Keeps Fighting For Justice
Dr. Richard Duran
Oxnard Community College
4000 South Rose Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93033
Dear Dr. Duran,
It is my pleasure to confirm and I have accepted an invitation to speak at the Conference of April 27 sponsored by the MECHA students at Oxnard College.
I have been asked to speak on the issue of civil responsibilities and rights which citizens enjoy in our state and country. I believe that civic engagement Is very important for the betterment of our communities, be that community a neighborhood, a city, a state or our country. I recently spoke at a dinner sponsored by the La Raza students of this law school, the Martin Luther King UC Davis school of law. The dinner is named in honor of Judge Lorenzo Patino, our graduates of some years ago who died young. The dinner is often related to the Cesar Chavez week when a series of events remind the students of the hopes which he had for farm workers and all of us. Since I had worked with both I decided to speak of their lives and why we remember them. I emphasized that we remember them for their efforts for persons and issues beyond family while they were also devoted to family. That is, we honor them for their civic engagement. And I shared with them that each made mistakes and were not perfect, yet we honor them.
In like manner each of us has the responsibility and the pleasure of being engaged to help our community. We know we are not perfect but we can do good work. However, we must train ourselves to know what our rights are and what the responsibility is of government in a democracy. I assume I have been invited because of my background as a lawyer, professor and judge who has had experience in civic engagement.
I look forward to meeting you and the students.
As an aside, I will have the pleasure of being honored next Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges and later by Fullerton College where I earned an AA degree some years ago.
Very truly yours,