The Northeast San Fernando Valley was the first community to respond to hold an annual march following the death of Cesar Chavez.
Since then, without fail, the March for Justice has lined the streets, first in the City of San Fernando and later when the event moved to Mission Hills, with an education and community event at Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima.
Over the years, the number of participants have waned, but this year, the numbers noticeably grew. One organizer, Alex Reza put the number of marchers at 2,500.
With a Donald Trump presidency and his campaign promise to “build a massive 50-mile wall” with a $1 billion price tag, many marchers felt an urgency to publicly oppose his plans.
Alongside images of Cesar Chavez, many carried anti-Trump signs, others carried banners to protest ICE and deportations. Some marched on behalf of their own families who are at risk of being separated.
Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farmworkers, addressed the crowd and noted the many contributions of immigrants.
“We are parents, we are students, some of us work in hotels and in other industries, we are all hard workers who have contributed to this country,” Rodriguez said.
Reza cited numerous issues of concern: keeping families together, fighting deportations, education, health care, securing a $15 national minimum wage, LBGTQ and women’s rights, and getting corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.
Courtesy Photos taken by David Jimenez and Alex Garcia