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 31st.
The Chávez Marcha will begin at 9:30am at the Regis parking lot (near St. John Chapel), located at 3333 Regis Blvd. in Denver. No mass will be held this year. The traditional march 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 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 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 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.
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