McDonnell Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
McDonnell Hall sits in a parking lot behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the original site of Guadalupe Mission of San Jose. In the neighborhood of "Sal Si Puedes," (get out if you can), it was the home parish of Cesar Chavez, the famed labor leader who first organized with members of the Community Services Organization in the 1950s and 1960s. Chavez met there to plan voter registration drives, civil rights lawsuits, and legislative campaigns. They also taught citizenship and literacy classes. He later employed those skills to organize the United Farm Workers union and grape boycott that launched him to national prominence as a civil-rights leader and advocate of nonviolent protest. Later, Chavez organized the United Farm Workers union and mounted a "No Uvas" grape boycott that propelled him to the forefront of civil rights leaders.
McDonnell Hall is one the two dozen prestigious federal landmark designations the U.S. National Park Service.
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