March to continue fight for Dreamers, honor Cesar Chavez
By Bryan Ramos
esar Chavez, the former migrant worker turned activist, union leader and labor organizer, once said, “We need to help cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community and this nation.”
The Rio Grande Valley has the opportunity to keep his words alive as the 15th Annual Cesar Chavez March is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. – noon. The march is hosted by La Union de Pueblo Entero and will begin at San Juan Municipal Park and end at the LUPE office in San Juan.
With the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) at the center of the president’s tug of war, the march will serve to honor and remember Cesar Chavez as well as continue the fight for Dreamers.
“The march will lift up young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, and their families, who are fighting for their future after President Trump callously ended the DACA program last September,” said LUPE’s Facebook page.
The first 700 marchers in attendance will receive a free march t-shirt. There will also be $1 tacos for sale at San Juan Municipal Park before the march begins, as well as music, fun and a family atmosphere. Water will be provided and attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes. LUPE will also have FREE health screenings, a blood drive and low-cost foods to recharge after the walk.
Chavez, a former migrant worker growing up, dedicated his life to improving the treatment and working conditions for farm workers as a union leader and labor organizer. Chavez used nonviolent tactics such as boycotts, pickets and strikes to fight for better treatment.
Rossy Evelin Lima, an international award-winning poet and immigrant writer, will be in San Juan to participate in the event.
The march will start at San Juan Municipal Park, 613 W. 1st St. in San Juan.
For more information, visit Lupenet.org/marcha, or to register for the march, you can do so here.