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Cesar Chavez's grandson arrested in Occupy L.A. closure

December 8, 2011 |  6:28 pm

Occupy L.A. barricade fence

Arthur S. Rodriguez, the grandson of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, was among the nearly 300 people arrested last week as authorities moved to shut down the Occupy L.A. encampment outside City Hall, according to his father, Arturo S. Rodriguez.

The senior Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers, announced his son’s arrest in a statement on the union’s website.

Rodriguez said his 27-year-old son had been participating in the global movement against Wall Street because “like so many others ... he feels strongly about the tremendous economic inequality plaguing this country and the world.”

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The younger Rodriguez, reportedly a student at Santa Monica College, helped organize trash disposal and “arrange workshops for occupiers on environmental, labor and economic issues,” his father said.

On Nov. 30, Los Angeles police moved in to clear the encampment that had occupied green space outside City Hall for almost two months. The younger Rodriguez was among 291 people arrested. He was released Friday on $5,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“We are proud of Arthur for his activism and commitment in the tradition of his grandfather, Cesar Chavez, and the farmworker movement,” the senior Rodriquez said in his written statement.


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Photo: A barricade surrounds the park that was the site of the Occupy L.A. encampment. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times