SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Hundreds came out to support the life and legacy of the late California labor leader, Cesar Chavez.
“We do this march every year to tell elected leaders and the people of Sacramento that the reason Cesar Chavez was organizing farm workers in the 1960’s 70’s 80’s are still here with us!” said Gabriel Torres, an organizer for the event.
Despite the wet weather, organizers were not letting a little rain stomp on their parade. Signs were waved as supporters marched from Southside Park in Downtown to Cesar Chavez Park.
Many are hoping that labor movements like this one, and others across the country, can live up to Chavez’s legacy.
“We need to demand more funding for social services, more funding for law enforcement, more funding for schools, and more and better wages for working people,” said Torres.
This strong message has some hoping it will remind others of what Chavez stood for.
“The big message is ‘Yes, we can!’ All the people can! We just need to unite and be together. We need justice, we need peace!” said Rick Guerrero, a marcher.
From dancers to activists, this monumental holiday is not just a day to educate. It’s also a day to celebrate what the California leader did for farm workers everywhere, something supporters believe Chavez would have been speaking out about today.
“I think he would have continued doing what he had done in the past, traveling, making people aware, and fighting for their rights!” said marcher Amelia Zamora.