Thousands join in Chavez march

Event honors memory of late labor leader, activist

They came by the thousands marching in Cesar Chavez' memory.

On Saturday, the annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice brought together many who wanted to honor the work and sacrifice of the late labor leader.

While his legacy is mostly associated with California, organizers said Chavez spent a large amount of time in San Antonio.

"Organizing efforts for the United Farmworkers were going on here in San Antonio for Cesar Chavez," said Ernest Martinez, interim president of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation. "The historical national grape boycott that took place, organizes out of San Antonio."

This year, many in the crowd marched with a new purpose, immigration reform.

"Common sense comprehensive immigration reform needs to take place," Martinez said.
"We're here and we're going to stay here and the United States needs us, like it or not," said activist Teodoro Zamora.

Groups like San Antonio Immigrant Youth Movement are working for legislation that would change America's immigration laws.

Sonya Rose-Hernandez said she marched to be a voice for those who do not understand the complexities of the hot-button issue.

"Those who don't understand what's going on with immigration, we need to push for legislation to make sure we protect their rights as well," said Rose-Hernandez.

Saturday's march from Guadalupe Plaza to the Alamo wound through the near west side and downtown, including Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard, which is named for the civil rights activist.

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