Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cesar Chavez Day

In California, Cesar Chavez was a very important person.  We have a street and a school named after him (and possibly other places).  Despite conditions still being pretty bad for day-laborers in the agriculture field, they were much worse before Mr. Chavez fought, nonviolently, for the plight of the field hand, creating the National Farm Workers Association, which later became United Farm Workers.
He died on April 23, 1993, the cause is believed to be related to his hunger strikes.  Today we celebrate Cesar Chavez day on his birthday (March 31) and in the Mission this is a big deal.

There is usually a parade where kids from the area schools march and everything that usually exists in a Mission parade is there.   This year was a bit of a disappointment, but I still got some nice shots...

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Cool bikes were a new addition this year...

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They always have the fancy old cars, most of which have weird hydraulics added...

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This was my favorite car/bike...

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And now we wander the hood. Here is some fun sidewalk art...

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They had a little party on 24th Street.

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"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him...The people who give you their food give you their heart."
                                                                                                          – Cesar Chavez