Chavez message is still strong

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FORT WORTH -- Union organizer Cesar Chavez' birthday, March 31, is celebrated in North Texas as it is across America. This big city held two parades and two rallies on Saturday, March 27. The second group started from the downtown convention center at 4 PM. Over 100 strong, and full of energy, the crowd of Latinos and other Chavez supporters marched down Main and around the City Hall.

 The lead truck had three musicians who sang traditional farm worker songs such as "De Colores." The crowd punctuated every line of every song with shouts of "Viva Cesar Chavez!" or "Viva Dolores Huerta" and the response, "Que Viva!" From time to time, the rhythmic chanting changed to "Se Puede?" and the response, "Si, se puede!" ("Can it be done?" and "Yes, it can be done!"

There are no United Farm Workers locals in North Texas, but members of other unions marched for Chavez. A big United Auto Workers banner was in the center of the Fort Worth action. The march ended with more music and a rally at Tarrant County Junior College. Fort Worth City leaders are trying to decide on a street to name after the great farm worker organizer. Nearby Dallas recently celebrated a Cesar Chavez street naming ceremony.

Photo: Jim Lane

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