Marching for Cesar Chavez

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Farm workers and supporters from across the central valley marched in Delano today to honor civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

Civil rights chants could be heard across Delano today. It's one of eleven marches to honor Chavez's legacy of protecting immigrants and farm workers rights. His birthday was celebrated with a march that is part of a four-state call for resistance against President Donald Trump and his policies targeting immigrants; resistance consistent with Chavez's legacy.

"It's a fight for people," event organizer Nancy Oropeza said. "It's a fight for justice. It's fight for all the farm workers community families."

The march began at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Clinton Street. Hundreds of people waving flags and banners made their way through the neighborhood. Some residents joined in, while others looked on from their homes.

"I didn't even know they were marching today, but i think it's great that we keep Cesar alive with these marches," Delano resident Isabel Delgado-Gines said.

The march ended at Cesar Chavez park, where a band greeted them. Activists of all ages gathered together for words of encouragement. Although Chavez is no longer alive, the unity he strived for lives on.

"My family consists of many immigrants; documented, undocumented," UC Berkeley student and activist Bryan Osorio said. "I believe that i have to unite with the people. not just speak for my family, but for the community as well."

In addition to Delano, similar marches took place in other rural areas of California, Washington, Oregon and Texas - areas organizers labeled as Trump Country. 

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