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WATSONVILLE STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH NATIONAL DAY OF PROTEST!
Thousands March in Watsonville streets to demand Justice!
In solidarity with the national boycott to demand justice for immigrants and workers, over 12,000 people of all ages marched through the streets of Watsonville. In addition, many businesses remained closed and hundreds of students skipped class in order to make this one of the greatest events in civil rights history.
Around 12:00 noon, many people began to gather around the downtown Watsonville plaza in anticipation for the 1:00 march. As the march made its way through the downtown neighborhoods, families flooded from their houses and joined in. The march made its way through Pajaro and on to St. Patrick’s church. Security was well organized and the march made its way peacefully through many sections of the city.
At 3:00, thousands of people gathered in front of Cabrillo College to hear key speakers, spoken word and music by bands such as Puro Son. Luis Valdez introduced a performance by El Teatro Campesino. Other speakers included Mayor Antonio Rivas and Counselperson Manuel Bersamin. In addition, young people from Watsonville High School shared traditional dances.
The historic day of protest was concluded by an evening vigil for those unable to make the days event. Over 500 people gathered at the plaza and chanted as cars honked in support. The event was supported by local churches. The event was organized by the Immigrant Rights Coalition of Watsonville and CASE (Community Alliance for a Sustainable Economy).