The César Chávez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver (CCPJC) began a tradition honoring the late leader in 2002. The memory of César Chávez continues in Colorado on Saturday, March 30th. The Chávez commemoration will begin with a 7:30am mass at the Regis University St. John Francis Chapel, located at 3333 Regis Blvd. in northwest Denver, CO (Chapel parking lot is near 52nd Ave and Lowell Blvd.).
The traditional Marcha will begin formation at 9:45am at the Chapel, and the Marcha will begin at 10:15am and will proceed to the César E. Chávez Park located at 4131 North Tennyson St., honoring the spirit of César Chávez and recognizing his peaceful and nonviolent ideals.
The Marcha will also feature speakers during the walk at 46th Avenue and Lowell (also a water station) and at 46th Avenue and Tennyson St.
The Opening Ceremony at the park will begin at 11:30am and is scheduled to 2pm. The theme of the 18th Annual celebration is “Social Justice and Activism as Healing Remedies.”
The CCPJC noted that they are mindful of weather and will post any changes to the event on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CCPJCDenver/.
The celebration will feature poetry, art, music and food and will add to the spiritual gathering to remember one of the world’s greatest leaders of peace. The 2019 Leadership Awardees are: Anciano Award, Leo Tanguma, artist; Anciana Award, Carlota Espinoza, artist; Youth Leadership Award, Gianella Millan; Organization Leadership Award, Denver Classroom Teachers Association; Adult Male Leadership Award, Juan Gallegos, Associate Director of the Multicultural Center at MSU Denver; and Adult Male Leadership Award, Jay Jaramillo, community muralist and activist.
The celebration will feature poetry, art, music and food and will add to the spiritual gathering to remember one of the world’s greatest leaders of peace.
The Committee invites the participation of all individuals, community organizations, religious and educational institutes, and businesses to walk the march, present a booth, or join the CCPJC volunteer team.
In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Chávez led a nation of support for the country’s farmworkers who continually faced abuse, low pay and sometimes no pay, and inhumane working conditions. He created awareness for the people who had no voice, and was instrumental in creating the United Farmworkers Union, demanding rights for the people of the fields.
In 2001, former Colorado State Representatives Frana Mace and Rob Hernández sponsored a bill to create a state holiday, and former Denver City Councilwoman Ramona Martínez initiated a City holiday in Denver recognizing Chávez and his accomplishments in the fields.
Over the past few years, the committee has worked with the City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation to rebuild the César E. Chávez Park in northwest Denver, which in 2015 included the unveiling of a bust featuring the parks namesake. The park was rebuilt to increase access and include cultural icons important to the struggle for equal rights of all people.
For further information on event Facebook.com/CCPJCDenver.
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