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Peace and Unity March 2012 in Watsonville (photos 1 of 2)
by Bradley Stuart Allen ( bradley [at] riseup.net )
Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
Over 350 people marched in the annual Peace and Unity March on the unusually hot Sunday afternoon of September 30, 2012 in downtown Watsonville, CA. This year's march was held to protest gang and domestic violence in the community of Watsonville, and was organized by the Watsonville Peace & Unity Coalition, which was initiated by the Watsonville Brown Berets. The turnout was significantly larger than previous years, due to recent violence, a larger coalition including the City of Watsonville, and well-organized outreach throughout Watsonville.s


To view the second set of photos in this series, please visit:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/10/02/18722845.php
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[Pictured above: Margarita Lopez, whose son Jesse Lopez (1/25/97 - 12/10/11) was killed on the evening of Saturday, December 10, 2011 off Hecker Pass Road in Watsonville, marches in the annual Peace and Unity March.]


"The Peace and Unity March has been an annual event since 1994 when the families of victims and our local community came together to organize an event to speak out against violence in the streets in South Santa Cruz County. With the increase of violence that has happened in Santa Cruz County in the last few years, it is critical to help promote and sustain events like ours. It is all our responsibility to make our community a safer place. This year's march will begin on Sunday, September 30 at 12:30 p.m in Watsonville City Plaza.

"Today, the march is still organized by local youth, local community groups and the growing number of families who have lost loved ones to violence. We are also working with the City of Watsonville to make the march a permanent event, co-sponsored by the City Council." — Watsonville Brown Berets

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Previous coverage of the Watsonville Peace & Unity March: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011



Bradley Stuart Allen is a photographer, Indymedia volunteer and website developer living in Santa Cruz, California. All content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Photo credit and a link to this article is appreciated. Support local independent media.
§Watsonvile Riders
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Pan Dulce
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§Memorial Altar
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Margarita Lopez, mother of Jesse Lopez
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Watsonville Brown Berets and Watsonville Police Officer
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Henry Dominguez
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Rosa De Ramirez, mother of Tony Valdivia
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Caroline Cervantes, mother of Ray Ray Cervantes
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Frances, Watsonville Brown Berets
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Eric and Anthony, Homies Empowerment
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Cesar Cruz, Homies Empowerment
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Tomas Alejo, Watsonville Brown Berets
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Felipe Hernandez, Watsonville City Council
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Karen Osmundson, Candidate for PVUSD Governing Board of Trustees
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Karina Cervantez, Canidate of Watsonville City Council
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Lowell Hurst, Candidate for Watsonville City Council
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§White Hawk Aztec Dance Group
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Watsonville Impalas Bike Club
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Watsonville Impalas Bike Club
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:26 PM
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§Si Se Puede: Esperanza En Comunidad
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:31 PM
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Hope in Community
§Gregorio, 1972 - 1998
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:34 PM
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No longer in our life to share,
but in our hearts, you're always there.
§Victims of Violence
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:36 PM
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§Jessica Cortez, Jorge Cortez, Tony Valdivia, Victor Simental
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:38 PM
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§Occupy Monterey Peninsula
by Bradley Stuart Allen Monday Oct 1st, 2012 11:39 PM
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To view the second set of photos in this series, please visit:
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/10/02/18722845.php