Today at 10:00 am San Antonio is having the 18th annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice. What is that, you ask? Well I have the answer for you! Cesar Chavez was a man born in 1927 who grew up to be a crusader for nonviolent social change. He was an environmentalist and a consumer advocate.
Cesar was a migrant worker at a very young age because his parents lost their farm in the Great Depression. He traveled across the southwest working in all kinds of fields where he was a personal witness to all of the hardships of farm working. As an adult, Cesar joined the Navy and eventually married, and had eight children.
In 1952, Cesar joined a Community Service Organization that was a well-known Latino civil rights group. He ended up becoming that organizations national director. His real goal, however, was to create a group that would specifically protect and serve farm workers so he resigned from the Community Service Organization in 1962 and joined the United Farm Workers of America.
Cesar, over his lifetime became the inspiration for millions of Americans who have been seeking social justice and civil rights for the poor and disenfranchised in our country. He was a peaceful fighter though, a master of boycotts, strikes, pilgrimages and fasting for solutions.
Cesar died on April 23, 1993. He never owned a home, and had nothing physical in monetary terms to pass on to his family. He came from nothing, he died with nothing but the legacy he left behind will carry the poor and desperate for years to come. He was a beacon of light for people who need justice in this life.
And so, San Antonio folks march once a year in his memory to emphasize the power of his desire for justice for farmers and impoverished in general. A great man with a great desire. So this year is the 18th Annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice. The march’s route will start on the city’s West Side and end at Alamo Plaza.