César E. Chávez’s March for Justice returns March 26 after 2-year in-person COVID hiatus

The march honors the late labor leader Chávez and Dolores Huerta, according to the City of San Antonio website. The two founded the National Farm Workers Association, which eventually merged with another group to form what is now the United Farm Workers of America union.

The 26th annual walk is organized by the César E. Chávez Legacy & Educational Foundation, or CECLEF. Walkers will walk 2 miles through downtown San Antonio, starting at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and heading to Hemisfair Park.

The walk will start at 10 a.m. but attendees can enjoy a morning of DJ Plata music starting at 8:30 a.m. Complimentary coffee and refreshments will also be provided. When people arrive at Hemisfair Park, they will be greeted with music, food and speeches by community leaders, including CECLEF President Ernest J. Martinez and Grand Marshal and First Lady of San Antonio Erika Prosper Nirenberg .

Virtual events have been held in place of in-person marches for the past two years due to the pandemic, according to Martinez.

The theme of this year’s march is “La Causa Sigue” or “The cause continues”. According to a statementthis year’s march should remind people that although decades have passed since the beginning of “La Causa”, there are many challenges today similar to those that people faced during the civil rights movement of the 60s and 70s.

Hundreds of people march along Guadalupe Street and towards the bridge as they take part in the 22nd annual César E. Chávez March for Justice on March 24, 2018.

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“The struggle for the working class continues today and manifests itself in wage disparity, rising health care costs, food disparity, questioning of suffrage and barriers to completing a ‘a college education by brown and black communities,’ Martinez said in the statement.

Walkers are asked to bring canned goods with them for the “Yes We CAN” food drive that will benefit the San Antonio Food Bank. People can drop canned goods in red bins placed at the start of the walk route.

The march takes place a few days before Chávez’s birthday on March 31. This year will mark the first time that César Chávez Day will be a paid holiday.

Walk participants can park for free at the Alamodome and then receive a free round-trip bus ride to and from the walk. Bus services will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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