Hundreds march to honor Cesar Chavez
More than 700 people took to the streets of downtown Sacramento today for a march honoring the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez and to support issues ranging from workers' rights to an end to the war in Iraq.
The 2.6-mile march wound from Southside Park at Sixth and T streets past the Capitol and the federal building before ending at Cesar Chavez Park, directly across I Street from City Hall.
Barefoot dancers in Aztec garb pounded on drums, young mothers pushed strollers and older marchers used walking sticks or canes as they made their way through the streets during the one hour and 40-minute parade that organizers said was themed "Freedom, Justice and Equality for All."
"Mostly ,it's just to remember and honor Cesar Chavez and all the work he did," said Victor Morales, a 50-year-old Sacramento man who came out to join the march.
Morales, who works in a call center, said he believed it was important especially to remind younger people about Chavez, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, and the workers' rights for which he fought.
"They might not know who Cesar Chavez was, or Martin Luther King Jr.," he said.
The event was the ninth annual march sponsored by the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and included groups ranging from the Sacramento City Teachers Association to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.