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Rep. Vargas Introduces Helen Fabela Chávez Memorial Post Office Bill

Apr 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (April 1, 2021) – Today, Representative Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement after introducing the Helen Fabela Chávez Memorial Post Office Bill, along with original co-sponsors Reps. Karen Bass (CA-37), Jim Costa (CA-16), Pete Aguilar (CA-51), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and John Garamendi (CA-3).


The bill will designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 401 Main Street in Brawley, California, as the Helen Fabela Chavez Memorial Post Office Building.


"Throughout our history, many Americans sacrificed their well-being, and organized to create social change and improve labor rights," said Rep. Vargas. "While many men have been honored for their efforts, a great number of women have gone unrecognized. Helen Fabela Chávez is one of them. Favela Chavez was an active participant in efforts leading to the creation of the United Farm Workers—fueling the social and justice movement of her time.


"Today, I introduced legislation to rename a U.S. post office in my district, located in Brawley, California, as the ‘Helen Fabela Chavez Memorial Post Office Building.’ Helen Fabela Chavez was the mother of eight children, a farmworker, and the breadwinner for her family. She embodies the strength of many women who changed history from the grassroots, up."


Vargas represents California's 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and California's entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his fifth term in Congress.