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Cesar Chavez’s grandniece stars in pro-Brown ad

The Service Employee International Union unleashed its second Spanish-language TV ad Tuesday aimed at bolstering Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown’s prospects in the Latino community.

And it’s got a particularly compelling star in the leading role: Dr. Christina Chavez, the grand niece of civil rights legend and founder of the United Farm Workers Cesar Chavez.

It’s part of the same $5 million TV ad campaign that began with a jab at Republican Meg Whitman for her treatment of her former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan. Whitman’s campaign said the first one proved Brown was in cahoots with labor and celebrity attorney Gloria Allred in revealing the Diaz Santillan story to the world.

The two ads are running simultaneously in the Fresno and Los Angeles markets.

Here is the English translation:

When Jerry Brown was governor, he fought alongside my uncle Cesar Chavez to garner fair wages for workers. And help open the doors for a generation of Latinos to gain access to education and be successful.

I know because I am one of them. Now Republican Meg Whitman wants to ban undocumented students from attending college, taking away their opportunity to succeed. That’s why we need to vote for Jerry Brown for Governor, to make sure everyone has a right to a good education and better future.

Steven Harmon