Our 7th Annual Cesar Chavez March, which took place this past Saturday, brought together over 800 South Texans to celebrate our founder’s legacy and call for comprehensive immigration reform. The theme of the march, Reforma Migratoria, Venceremos! called attention to the need to fix our broken immigration system and was inspired by one of Cesar’s famous quotes, “No podemos retroceder…Venceremos. Estamos venciendo, porque la nuestra es una revolución de la mente y del corazón.” (“There’s no turning back…We will win. We are winning because ours is a revolution of mind and heart.”)
This quote and Cesar’s commitment to social change for all inspires us to continue the struggle for humane immigration reform that is good for families, good for the economy, and good for security. It was clear through the signs and chants of the marchers that urgent solutions are needed because families are broken up everyday due to unjust immigration laws and deportations. Click here to read one of our members’ personal stories dealing with his wife’s deportation and the impact on their family.
After the march, participants received 1 on 1 assistance with questions about their census forms and heard from speakers such as San Juan Mayor Pedro Contreras and newly appointed Bishop Daniel Flores. Click here to watch Bishop Flores discuss the need for immigration reform.
Here’s a video of the march participants walking in the streets from San Juan Municipal Park to LUPE’s Union Hall:
BIG THANKS to Proyecto Azteca, South Texas Civil Rights Project, Student Farmworker Alliance, ARISE, People for Peace & Justice, Equal Voice Network, Southwest Workers’ Union, Ya Es Hora Hagase Contar, South Texas Immigration Council, RGV-BARCA, Alternative Spring Break Students from Grinnell College, South Texas College, Trinity University, and UT-Pan American students for helping to make this march a success!