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Community Invited to Pilgrimage in Honor of Cesar Chavez

Students, local leaders and community action groups are scheduled to participate in Saturday's 11th annual Community Pilgrimage, honoring Cesar Chavez.

Local leaders, students and residents will come together Saturday to honor civil rights leader Cesar Chavez as part of the 11th annual Community Pilgrimage, commemorating pilgrimages he made to raise awareness of farm worker struggles.

The event will be led by Andres and Fernando Chavez, grandsons of Cesar Chavez, a coalition of local leaders, parents, students, teachers and community groups.

It is billed by organizers as a pilgrimage and celebration that promotes Chavez’s philosophy of "using one's life to empower others" and bring attention to the injustice of family separation, the need for full immigrant rights, and the need to build unity among diverse communities, organizers said.

Bishop Herbert Wilkins and Danny Romero will lead a 9:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Pomona Unified School District administrative offices. The group will honor a 300-year old tree, symbolizing respect for the elders and the sacredness of the environment, said organizers with Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley.

The Pomona Unified School District’s administrative offices are at 800 South Garey Ave. Following the ceremony, the group will walk to Garey High School where a small tree, representing the youth and the community’s commitment to growth, will be planted and watered, organizers said.

The Son Real Band and Vejar Elementary Ballet Folkorico is among the performers that will be features. Student poets, singers, MEChA members, and other local youth will make presentations.

Food, made by parents and students, will be available for purchase with all the proceeds going to student scholarships, organizers said.

Pomona Unified Serves Diamond Bar. Other organizations scheduled to take part include Cal Poly de Pie, Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition,

Cal Poly Cesar Chavez Center and the  Pitzer College Rural and Urban Social Movements.

Vito Spago April 11, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Chavez was against illegals because they took jobs away from his unionized workers. That does not bother anyone that you ignore that today? Illegals bring the salary of farmworkers way down by creating an oversupply of workers. Chavez knew that and started the UFW.
Thelema April 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Do you just refresh this website all day and think of stuff to write? Why are you so angry?
Melanie C. Johnson April 11, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Hi Delilah. Yes, this Saturday.
Vito Spago April 11, 2013 at 05:47 AM
Thelema: I appear angry because the entire purpose of this article is to promote the plight of illegals. I think illegals need to go back to their own country and get in line behind honest immigrants that legally apply to come to the US. "Plight of US farmworkers"??? Actually they have pretty good jobs considering their skill levels. I do not think they are suffering much. I own orange groves in Visalia, CA and employ Mexican pickers. They seem happy to me. Hard to believe, but I do not beat them. Yes, articles like this make me angry because the farmworker IS NOT struggling.
Yvonne April 11, 2013 at 05:33 PM
This is a great opportunity to learn about different people and cultures plan on taking my family to this event.

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