The multitude of LUPE victories is thanks to our organizers and members who organized their communities for their new paved streets, street lights, and alleyway clean ranging across the valley. We organize from local issues to advocating at the Texas Capitol, even in Congress in D.C. We tackle issues like drivers’ permits for all, the call to an end for Operation Lone Star, lobbying issues for the working class people, and advocating for a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants.
El Movimiento Continúa
On March 25, LUPE will celebrate our legacy with the 20th Annual Cesar Chavez March. This march commemorates labor rights activist César Chávez, whose dream was to build stronger, healthier communities where colonia residents use the power of civic engagement for social change. The theme for this year is “El Movimiento Continúa: Marchando Por Justicia y Libertad.”
Joaquin Garcia, director of organizing at LUPE, said:
“For more than 20 years, La Union del Pueblo Entero has celebrated the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. Cesar Chavez was a pioneer in the farm workers movement and brought countless victories to farm workers across the nation. He set the example that change could come without the use of force or violence. That is why, every year, we celebrate Cesar’s birthday with a march.
“We march because we know our communities deserve respect and dignity. We march because our people deserve immigration reform. We march because our communities need funds to tackle the infrastructure issues that affect the way they live. We march because the Rio Grande Valley is our home, and we want to thrive and live a prosperous life. We march for Cesar Chavez. We march for nuestra gente del valle. We march for those that can’t. Que viva El Pueblo! ¡Que viva la Raza!”