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Celebrating Cesar Chavez, Farmworkers Take On Trump's Anti-Immigrant Policies

As a handful of states mark Cesar Chavez Day—a holiday honoring the iconic civil rights activist and labor leader who spearheaded historic boycotts and strikes—men and women at the backbone of the food system are taking to the streets to show resistance to President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.

According to a press statement from the United Farm Workers of America, the union Chavez founded, marches will take place in 11 communities that largely backed President Donald Trump across four states—California, Oregon, Texas, and Washington state. “These marches are more urgent than ever with the Trump anti-immigrant agenda,” the organization says.

The marchers, some of whom are undocumented or have family members who are undocumented, will carry signs and banners reading “We feed you,” the statement adds.

One march in Salem is taking place Friday, which would have been Chavez’s 90th birthday, while the others are set to take place Saturday and Sunday.

As food justice organization Food First has pointed out:

At the annual Cesar Chavez March to the California state capitol last Saturday, participants made connections between the work and legacy of the farmworker advocate and the threats now posed by the Trump administration.

The Sacramento Bee wrote that 28-year-old Janeth Rodiguez

And in the face of those efforts and the administration’s threats to sanctuary cities, for some activists Cesar Chavez Day “resonates even more,” the San Jose Mercury News writes.

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“[Chavez’s] humanity and his work to advance justice and equality for all would have required him to speak out,” the outlet quotes former Santa Clara County Supervisor Blanca Alvarado as saying. “He’d be ready to organize throughout California and throughout the country.”

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Advocacy groups, lawmakers, activists, and others are taking to Twitter with the hashtags #CesarChavezDay and #SíSePuede—a reference to Chavez’s galvanizing cry—to mark the holiday and the highlight the work of Chavez and its relevance today:

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