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Photos: Watsonville Peace And Unity March

Images from the 18th annual Watsonville Peace and Unity March that took place in the plaza and on the streets of Watsonville on Sunday afternoon.

 

It’s been nearly two decades since Tomas Alejo and his family helped launched the Peace and Unity March in Watsonville and just a little over 400 people came out on a warm Sunday afternoon to help support their fallen loved ones or perhaps lend a supporting hand to those in a time of grief.

Family members of the victims such as Richard Campos, Oscar Perez, Gregorio Ramirez, and recently Jesse Lopez were present along with several city officials like Felipe Hernandez and Lowell Hurst who made it out to participate in this year’s march.

Back in 1994, the gang-related killings of 9-year-old Jessica Cortez and her 16-year-old brother Jorge outside of El Nopal Bakery in Pajaro sparked the community to come together and fight the streets by spreading the word of hope and opportunity to stop street violence.

Today, the Alejo family and the Brown Berets continue to spread the word to stop the violence and spread peace in the streets and on Sunday they invited keynote speaker Cesar Cruz from Homies Empowerment Project of Oakland, Calif.

If people had even five percent of the energy and passion Cruz has for cleaning up the streets, without a doubt there would be change for the best. His passionate speech to the crowd electrified them and received a well-deserved cheer from everyone listening.

After the White Hawk Danza Azteca performance in the plaza, everyone gathered in front of Cabrillo College on Union Street then headed towards Maple Street and made their way through nearby neighborhoods and back to the plaza while being escorted by Watsonville Police.

David H. Perez October 04, 2012 at 03:40 AM
My last comment before taking a long break from this ridiculous forum. I am a lifelong social democrat who has always been a supporter of education, labor unions and teachers, and I am an Obama supporter. But NOT an Alejo supporter. After hearing your rants, I think people like you are not worth the taxpayers' money, and thank God my family does not have any children in your class. My computer is off until further notice, so rant on I will not be reading it.
Mmmm hmmmm October 04, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I'm sure that freedom fighters of the past were all called names, worse than nut case, worse than someone who needs professional help or having a pathology. Folks who are calling out racism or any kind other kind of ism often receive these types of attacks, it's nothing unusual. I stand by Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Malcom X, Angela Davis, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rosa Parks, The Mirabel Sisters of the Dominican, Leonard Peltier, Mumia Abul Jamal, etc.
Mmmm hmmmm October 04, 2012 at 05:23 AM
They sacrificed so much so that I/WE could have rights. I'll be damned if I just sit on by doing nothing about your alls bigotry online. YOu may get away with your hegemonic thinking and it may go unchecked for the rest of your life, but not today. Today I'm calling you OUT for your racist and ignorant commentary.
Roger Roger Roger October 04, 2012 at 05:25 AM
You are none of those people. If you think you are, well.....
Roger Roger Roger October 04, 2012 at 05:28 AM
80% of the people in Watsonville are Hispanic so I assume you are a member of the oppressing majority....so you must be the racist....yes, that work for we the oppressed minority....poor us....

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