Why We March
The purpose of the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice is to celebrate and pay tribute to the life and legacy of Cesar E. Chavez, a San Antonio tradition since 1997.
Since 1997 people from all walks of life and from every side of our great city have united on the last Saturday of March to make the 2 mile trek from the Westside of San Antonio to downtown. We march in unity to not only celebrate this beautiful legacy but to also lend our voices on the issues most important for our community. This expression is beautifully displayed with colorful banners, t-shirts, handmade posters, music, and art depicting the plight of and honoring the farmworker.
Cesar Chavez, a role model and true American hero was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader, a genuinely religious and spiritual figure; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of militant nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights. Cesar Chavez loved San Antonio and visited many times to organize and mobilize for La Causa.
Today, there are many important causes and the need to address many of the issues facing our community needs us all to civically engage where we can to help make a difference, in full Si Se Puede spirit!
We march to lend our voice and address:
- Wage disparities—low minimum wage, unequal pay for women
- Rising costs and access to healthcare benefits
- Food Insecurity
- Voting rights
- Educational reform and Graduation rates at high school and college levels
- The Digital Divide impact in our inner city the importance of access to technology for students and working families.
- Gentrification of inner-city neighborhoods and high property taxes, and supporting housing development that is committed to meeting the needs of working families, creating living communities we can all be proud of.
¡VIVA LA CAUSA! ¡SI SE PUEDE!