Marches and monuments and housing fairs and art

“It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn.” From the Cesar Chavez bio on americanswhotellthetruth.org

In an odd choice in dates for the Annual Cesar Chavez March for Justice, this year, the march will happen on Saturday, March 24th. Odd because it isn’t on March 31st which is the actual date for celebrating Cesar Chavez and the date that many activists have pushed for the creation of a national holiday.

Assembling Time: 8:30 a.m.
March begins at: 10:00 a.m.
Starting Point: St. Peter’s Plaza
Ending Point: San Agustin Plaza

Going might be a nod to my short-lived past as a farm worker union organizer – not the UFW. I wasn’t much of a marcher, then, more of a hands-on talking to workers and farmers about their rights and creating a better working relationship between worker and farmer type of organizer. Memories… There are always two or more sides and more information is always needed.

snapshot from the Tejano Monument website

I am guessing, just guessing, that the date for the march is a week earlier to make space for the bus of Laredoans going to view the unveiling ceremony for the Tejano Monument in Austin on the 29th. The monument is going to be created by none other than Armando Hinojosa, Laredo sculptor. There are various activities (see the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin) that will take place into the weekend and there was a big movement to get a large number of people from Laredo to attend. I am definitely a different kind of Mexican American but that doesn’t stop me from congratulating all Tejanos on this wonderful recognition.

It looks like it will be a beautiful day for the march, for planning to attend the monument unveiling the following week and a few other activities this weekend.

The Neighborhood Housing Services is often confused with Nixon High School. Not the same NHS! This NHS has been around since 1991 serving affordable housing needs in so many different ways. They are a part of the larger Neighbor Works network, making a difference across the country.

If you are not going to the city council retreat (it will not be shown live, but Public Access will be recording it – thank you KeyRose for making the call to ask), consider attending the NHS’a 1st Annual Home Fair Expo at 10am at the Laredo Energy Arena:

A definite go-to event is the monthly (since 2010) event by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), The Bazaar. It is a great arts-focused event being held on the 24th from 2pm to 6pm at the “French Quarter” parking lot on DelMar Boulevard. Support the local arts and you encourage creativity. Don’t forget that you can also support a different type of art – oral traditions and storytelling this Sunday. The best cuentos may come from the older generation while The Bazaar, though, is a youth-led movement. Check out one of their older vidoes:

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If none of the above events is of interest to you, maybe the visit by Jaime Maussan will be. MoMo productions is bringing this gentleman to the Laredo Civic Center. I guess if you missed the great speakers at Laredo Community College that discussed the same topics this semester, now you can see Mr. Maussan for $30. I was asked to post this but it is not a sponsored post and I failed to ask if the presentation was in only in Spanish. I think it is but call if you want to make sure. Sounds interesting. ¡Suerte!

UPDATE: The promo video for Mr. Maussan’s presentation is all in Spanish so I can only assume that is the language for the event on March 31st.

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2 Responses to Marches and monuments and housing fairs and art

  1. Anonymous says:

    Honestly, how many of La Raza has the reading skils to read about much less attend one of these events?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for all of the information. Can’t decide what to do this weekend.

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