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  CESAR CHAVEZ MARCH: Saturday, March 25, 2006

Sparked by immigration issues, this year's Sacramento march to celebrate the life of UFW labor leader Cesar Chavez was the largest ever, with more than 5,000 participants. Marchers assembled at the ILWU Longshoremen's Hall in West Sacramento, walked to the W.Sac City Hall on West Capitol, and across the Tower Bridge into Sacramento, ending at Cesar Chavez Park at 10th and J.

Forty years ago, in 1966, Cesar Chavez led a march from Delano to Sacramento in an effort to gain rights for farm workers. The end of the bracero program (1942-1964) made it possible for Chavez to organize the UFW. Now, in March of 2006, immigration legislation by the U.S. Congress proposes a guest worker program with far-reaching consequences for unions, workers, and would-be citizens. Other House bills would make it a felony to be an illegal immigrant or to assist an illegal immigrant, mandate construction of a multi-layered fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, and mandate detention and deportation of anyone illegally entering the U.S. (except Cubans!). It was in this charged atmosphere that the largest ever Cesar Chavez march took place.



  March leaders parading down West Capitol Avenue, approaching Tower Bridge.

  In a country founded by immigrants, there are many practical and philosophical differences about when and how to shut the immigration door....

  Guillermo Durgin, labor organizer and member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement leading the way.

  SEIU Local 1000 workers from the DMV marching in celebration of Cesar Chavez and his role in Union organizing.

  "YOU are the future of California!" Sacramento Labor Council leader Bill Camp told the assembled union members, workers, and immigration activists.

  California Assemblymember Dave Jones, a strong supporter of issues important to working people.

  Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento, California.
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