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Rain Doesn't Stop People From Marching in Annual Cesar Chavez Parade PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 29 March 2012 02:49

Community Service Week is Held

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DAVID JIMENEZ

Marchers and performers braved rain and wind to participate in the annual Cesar Chavez Parade through the streets of Pacoima.

It was a downpour last Sunday, but supporters of the UFW and the late labor leader Cesar Chavez refused to let the weather rain on their parade so they marched anyway. Many held umbrellas as they marched along Laurel Canyon Blvd, but for the Aztec dancers, many barefoot with large head dresses just went for it, dancing in the rain. The Aztec dancers hold a ceremony and lead the Northeast Valley's march each year.

At the march in Mission Hills and around the country, people were reminded that the best way to honor the late labor leader is to give their time to public service this week and throughout the year.

Residents were urged to volunteer at public libraries, food banks and homeless shelters for a community service effort dedicated to the late labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.

"Cesar Chavez is an American hero not only for his accomplishments as a labor organizer but as a civil rights leaders and non-violent protestor," L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina said.

PHOTOS PROVIDED BY DAVID JIMENEZ

Molina said she could think of "no more fitting way'' to honor Chavez than by dedicating a week of service to the community in his name.

"Cesar Chavez dedicated his life to improving the conditions of workers who harvest the food which feeds our nation. He co-founded the United Farm Workers, an organization which mobilized thousands of people into political action. He led a five-year non-violent grape boycott which captivated the nation and led to landmark worker protections."

Volunteers at the Weingart Center, which serves homeless people on Skid Row, were put to work painting a floor. The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank held food "sort-athons'' and are accepting donations at multiple community locations. Participating county libraries will have volunteers assist with homework, read during story time, prepare crafts for children and sort, clean and straighten books.

Information on volunteer opportunities can be found at www.lacounty.gov.

Teachers and others who want to learn more about Chavez can download instructional materials at www.colapublib.org/chavez.

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Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 03:11